Nigeria urges probe of Army personnel, CEOs over military sales

A Nigerian team probing irregular military purchases recommended the further investigation of 54 people, comprising 18 current or former military personnel, 12 public officials and 24 chief executive officers of companies involved in the transactions.

The contracts were mostly awarded without “significant input” from Nigeria’s army “and to vendors who lacked the necessary technical competence,” according to a report e-mailed late Thursday by the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment. The team is probing sales that took place between 2007 and 2015.

“With respect to contracts awarded directly by the Nigerian army, the committee found that many of the contracts were characterized by lack of due process, in breach of extant procurement regulations and tainted by corrupt practices,” it said.

The amount spent on procurement and operations during the eight-year period totaled about $1.34 billion, according to the report.