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Buratai Honours FoI Request, Explains Military Spending

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai has honoured the joint Freedom of Information (FoI)request by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Enough is Enough (EiE), and BudgIT requesting him to use his “good offices and leadership position to provide information on spending on military operations across the country, particularly in the Northeast.

The senior legal adviser to SERAP, Bamisope Adeyanju made the disclosure in a statement on behalf of the civil society groups yesterday.

She said “the bulky photographic and textual documentation with a cover letter dated 24 December 2018 was delivered to SERAP’s office last Friday by a military officer at around 11:40am.”

The letter, with reference number AHQDCMA/G4/100/4 and signed on behalf of Buratai by Brigadier-General S.B. Kumapayi read in part:

“The Nigerian Army (NA) has in recent time come under unrelenting public scrutiny by both private individuals and Non-governmental organisations over issues of appropriation of funds.

“The most recent being a call from your organisation for the Nigerian Army to explain how funds appropriated for the NA under the administration of the Chief of Army Staff were utilized.

“In view of the above, I am directed to forward the above-mentioned document to your office for your perusal and retention.

“Please accept the esteemed regards and assurance of the Chief of Army Staff.”

Recall that SERAP, EiE and BudgIT had in a joint FOI request asked Mr Buratai to use his good offices and leadership position to “urgently provide information on the 2015, 2016 and 2017 budget implementation reports of the Nigerian Army, including the amounts released (financial implications) and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the various operations the Army carried out.”

The groups also urged Buratai to furnish them with “the amounts  released (financial implications) and expended in fiscal years 2015, 2016 and 2017 for: Operation Lafiya Dole, Operation Safe Haven, Operation Python Dance, Operation Ruwan Wuta, Operation Delta Safe, Operation Mesa, Operation Harbin Kunama, Operation Awatse, Operation Tsera Teku and Operation Crocodile Smile.”

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