The Head of the Nigerian Army, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai acquired two property in Dubai, United Arab Emirate in 2013 and declared both in his Assets Declaration Form as required by law, the force has said.
The Army in a statement by its spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman said the property were acquired legally and not through questionable means.
Colonel Usman was reacting to media reports on the matter that properties were acquired through contracts from the army while Buratai allegedly served as head of army’s procurement division.
The spokesman said Buratai never served in that capacity and neither does he operate a bank account at Skye Bank as the report alleged.
The report was said to have emanated from a petition by a group identified as CONCERNED SOLDIERS AND OFFICERS FROM THE NORTH EAST.
Usman, in a statement obtained by NEWSREPORTERSNG.COM, dismissed as “ unscrupulous elements” the brains behind the petition that triggered the media report .
The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to another round of campaign of calumny against the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai and his family by some unscrupulous elements as contained in an online medium story titled “Revealed: Buhari’s Chief Of Army Staff, General Buratai, wives own Dubai property”, alleging that Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Tukur Buratai, and his two wives are joint owners of a Dubai property that was paid for in one transaction posted on the website, this evening.
“It is important to know that these baseless allegations were not new. In March, some groups of individuals under the aegis of “Concerned Citizens”, tried same smear campaign. To their disappointment, it could not fly, because it is not true.
“Therefore, the latest round of smear campaign by the online medium is one of the series of campaigns of calumny by these faceless individuals to malign the Chief of Army Staff and the Nigerian Army.
“The online news medium this evening uploaded another campaign of calumny allegedly based on a petition by obviously fake and non-existent group it described as “Concerned Soldiers and Officers from the North East”.
“The allegations contained in the write up are baseless and not correct. It is a fact that the Buratai family has two properties in Dubai that were paid in installments through personal savings three years ago.
“This, along with other personal assets, has consistently been declared by General Buratai in his Assets Declaration Form as Commander Multinational Joint Task Force Commander and as Chief of Army Staff.
“It is pertinent to state that the Chief of Army Staff does not have any account with Skye Bank as alleged, let alone making deposits in the imaginary bank account to the tune of the amount stated in the write up.
“Similarly, he has not been involved in any form of shady or dishonest transaction, not to talk of ‘contract scam’.
“In addition, General Buratai was never near either Defence Headquarters or Army Headquarters in 2013. It is pertinent to also note that he was never a Director of Procurement in Army Headquarters as alleged.
“As a matter of fact, the Nigerian Army never had a Directorate of Procurement till when he established one last year when he became Chief of Army Staff.
“In a bid to rubbish the hard- earned reputation and good name of the Chief of Army Staff, these blackmailers will stop at nothing hence all these kinds of mudslinging.
“It is really worrisome that some people could condescend so low to fabricate baseless allegation against the Chief of Army Staff for reasons that could best be described as mischievous.
“It is equally worrisome that the medium could lend space for this obvious mischief. We really do not believe that it is because the price is right.”