Army chief, Attahiru clash with reps over report on arms deal

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Attairu Ibrahim on Monday clashed with members of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating arms procurement deals.

The source of friction was the refusal of the Army Chief to apologize over his inability to attend prior invitations extended to him and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

The Committee had summoned the army boss and Emefiele on the 22nd of March and the 7th of April respectively to appear before it to make explanations on the arms procurement regime in the last few years.

However, during his appearance on Monday, the COAS said he was unable to make it to the summons due to different engagements over internal security.

He also refused to speak on the report he submitted to the committee.

“An explanation is as good as an apology. Even a blind man knows that there are internal security challenges in the country.

“The same way you work for the people, that is the same way I work for the people. I have a command under me and they are also Nigerians.” He said.

On the report, he said the executive summary should suffice. This position angered some members of the committee who argued that he should speak under oath.

Bede Eke, a member of the Committee asked the “COAS to speak on the record, to be sure that it emanated from his office.

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