House C’ttee Commences Arms Deal Probe Amid Low Turnout

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James Emejo in Abuja

The House of Representatives Joint Committees on National Security and Intelligence and Public Procurement wednesday began investigation into the procurement of military hardware.

But the absence of invited respondents, forced the lead Committee Chairman, Hon.  Aminu Sani Jaji (APC, Zamfara) to adjourn hearing till today.

He said the committee was on a fact-finding mission on behalf of Nigerians who they represent and would not witch-hunt any individual.

He said: “This hearing is not designed to witch-hunt any individual or group, rather, we are on a fact-finding mission and we have obtained particulars and memoranda.

“So as a result, this hearing will continue tomorrow (today), and we want to assure Nigerians that this House is and remains on the same page with President Muhammadu Buhari in his fight against corruption.”

All the service chiefs, National Security Adviser, Department of State Services, National, Intelligence Agency, Ministry of Defence and defence contractors are expected to make presentations before the joint committees today.

The federal government had constituted a presidential probe panel to investigate military spending, particularly the procurement of arms and ammunitions under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.