BEVERLY HILLS, May 18, (THEWILL) – The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has faulted the allegations of corruption made against the military by Transparency International insisting that they were false and therefore, should be disregarded by Nigerians and the international community.
This was declared on Thursday by the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, who dismissed the allegations while briefing journalists at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
Enenche said the present leadership of the Armed Forces had done a lot to train, boost troops’ morale and procure vital equipment through due process for operations against insurgents in the North-East and other operations.
He revealed that the DHQ, Army, Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters had established procurement branches that were guided by the rules and regulations of the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP).
He said even the Ministry of Defence was dealing directly with states and governments on defence equipment procurement without using contractors or vendors any longer adding that the military operations in the North-East was very obvious not only to Nigerians, but the whole world, hence the allegation must be treated with utmost suspicion.
“On this note, it is suspicious that a sweeping statement of corruption against the military officials at this time is rather disheartening,” Enenche said.
“More so, that the Nigerian Military was on March 22 credited by the United States as having done very well for fighting insurgency and extremism, among others.
“Such an allegation came at the peak of consistent success recorded in our areas of operational engagements, especially in the North-East.”