Code of conduct bureau defies Buhari, moves to investigate Burutai

The Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, has said the agency will invite Nigeria’s Army Chief, Tukur Burutai, for questioning.

The agency said it would verify whether Burutai’s asset declaration was falsified.

General Buratai was tangled in asset declaration scandal after evidence emerged that he owned properties in Dubai.

The Army had defended him saying the said properties were legally acquired as they were captured in his asset declaration.

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“It is a fact that the Buratai family have two properties in Dubai that were paid for installmentally.

“The payments were made through personal savings three years ago.”

Dissatisfied with the army’s response, a civic group asked the CCB to investigate and prosecute Mr. Buratai for false asset declaration.

“Evidence of payments made on behalf of General Buratai shows that one of the properties was purchased after he assumed office as Chief of Army Staff.

“The payment was effected and contract consummated between July 24 and August 17, 2016.

“It would be important for your Bureau to investigate the source of this acquisition.

“Also, investigate the differences between General’s most recent asset declaration and the penultimate one,” the group petitioned.

In response to the civic group, the CCB gave reasons for not investigating Mr. Buratai’s asset declaration early enough.

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“Please be informed that General Burutai’s asset would have been verified and that he was equally communicated on this.

“CCB could not continue Burutai’s investigation because he was coordinating the fight against Boko Haram at that period.

“Now that the war on insurgency has been considerably contained, General Buratai would be invited for the exercise.”

Recall that the president had defended Burutai saying he purchased the properties under the arm beat of the law.

CCB’s latest move could draw the ire of the presidency.