ICPC Recovers Multibillion-naira Cash, Rolex Watches Stockpiled In Ex-army Chief Buratai’s Abuja Property

ICPC operatives have performed an operation that led to the restoration of over a billion naira from the previous chief of military workers Tukur Buratai.

The operation, performed final week, additionally led to the restoration of over 50 luxurious watches, together with at the very least two Rolex varieties, from the previous army commander, in accordance with anti-graft officers conversant in the matter.

A supply stated the ICPC was tipped off concerning the money haul by the Nigerian Monetary Intelligence Unit, NFIU, throughout a probe of a person recognized solely as Salisu.

“NFIU found that N500 million was paid into Salisu’s account without delay and shortly flagged it,” an ICPC supply stated. “When Salisu was queried he stated he was a army contractor, however he was unable to indicate any proof of finishing up any contract for the army.”

Subsequently, our sources stated, the NFIU transferred the matter to ICPC, which deployed its operatives to conduct further investigations.

A spokesman for the NFIU didn’t instantly reply calls looking for feedback concerning the company’s function within the operation.

It was in the course of the ICPC probe {that a} raid on Mr Salisu’s place led to the restoration of “a whole lot of thousands and thousands of naira, all in new notes,” our supply added.

The property in Abuja was thereafter linked to Mr Buratai, who shortly left his diplomatic base within the Benin Republic to resolve the matter, which then led to the discharge of Salisu.

Detectives are investigating the case as doubtlessly tied to federal arms procurement earmarks.

“We found that the place is owned by Buratai and he has been working with the person to loot army funds for a few years,” one in every of our sources added. “It’s unlucky that Nigerian troopers are struggling on the battle entrance attributable to lack of apparatus.”

A spokesman for the ICPC didn’t return a request for remark Thursday night time.

Mr Buratai, Nigerian ambassador to the Benin Republic, advised The Gazette the anti-graft workplace had no warrant to go looking his property.

“No one obtained any warrants to go looking my place,” Mr Buratai stated by phone. He abruptly disconnected the decision when requested whether or not or not he was confirming the raid and money restoration from his property — and didn’t reply subsequent makes an attempt.

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