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Military Equipment Missing Despite Huge Funds Disbursed To Former Military Chiefs – Nigeria’s Security Adviser

Nigeria's National Security Adviser has raised concerns over the lack of military equipment despite $1 billion funding provided by the President in 2018.

Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd) has disclosed that military equipment was not purchased despite the enormous funding provided by the Presidency.

Monguno revealed this while responding to questions during an interview on the BBC Hausa morning program. He said the president had provided enormous funds but the equipment was not purchased and were also not in sufficient quantities. 

He added that this does not mean that the previous service chiefs had misappropriated the funds. However, the money is missing. 

HumAngle recalls that in 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari  approved the release of $1 billion to Nigerian Defence authorities for the purchase of security equipment to fight insecurity in the country.

The NSA told the BBC that he believes the President will investigate the situation around the funding provided for security hardware. He added that the new service chiefs disclosed that they did not see any new equipment.

Monguno added that some of the equipment might be en-route but for now, both he and the new service chiefs have not seen the equipment on ground. On January 26, President Muhammadu Buhari replaced the service chiefs. 

Monguno also addressed the kinetic efforts to address the security crisis ravaging the Northwest and conditions for dialogue.  

In 2015, the government arrested the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki for misappropriation of more than $2bn meant to purchase weapons for the military to fight the armed group Boko Haram.

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