By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
The Nigerian Army has denied media reports suggesting that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and his two wives acquired and paid for two mansions in Dubai, the UAE it in a single transaction.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Saturday stated that while it was true that the Buratai family had two properties in Dubai, they were bought with personal savings in 2013.
Usman said that the Army Chief had consistently declared the properties along other properties in his assets declaration form as Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force and the Chief of Army Staff.
He described the report as a smear campaign which was designed to malign the image of the Chief of Army Staff.
He said that similar moves to smear the image of the COAS in March 2016 could not fly because the allegation by the â€˜Concerned Citizensâ€™ were untrue.
He said that the â€œConcerned Soldiers and Officers from the North Eastâ€ who raised the allegation in a petition obtained by an online news agency was obviously non existent.
Usman also described as untrue the claim that the huge amounts were being paid into an account owned by the COAS at Skye Bank.
He said Buratai had no account with Skye Bank and had not been involved in any shady transaction and contract scam.
Usman added that Buratai had never occupied any position as Director of Procurement as there was no such position in the service until Buratai created it with his appointment as the Army Chief.