The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has absolved the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, of any infraction of the laws over the purchase of two houses in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, worth $1.5 million.
Buratai had been in the eyes of the storm with individuals, right activists and civil society groups over the purchase of the property worth $1.5million.
They had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve the Army Chief of his appointment. But the Federal Government had defended him saying he did not contravene any law.
Following the clearance by the Federal Government, CCB in a reply to a request by an Abuja-based lawyer, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, also stated that the Army Chief did not err as he disclosed the property in his Assets Form.
Osuagwu had demanded for information on the contents of the Assets Form of the Army chief, pursuant to section 1 and 4 of the Freedom of Information Act 2011.
The bureau responded through a letter dated July 11, 2016 with Refine. CCB/HQ/671/G/1/6 and signed by Mrs. Ijeanuli Arinze Ofor on behalf of the CCB chairman.
The letter reads in parts: “We wish to state herein that General Tukur Buratai after his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, declared these assets as required by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“He was served the form CCB on 21th July, 2015 and returned same on 21st August, 2015.
“We also wish to confirm that his property at Dubai was declared in the wife’s name.”
The clearance handed Buratai on the Dubai mansions by the Federal Government had been criticized and described as hasty. The critics claimed no investigation was conducted by relevant agencies in the anti-corruption crusade.
Buratai defended the purchase, saying that he purchased the properties through savings.