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Wike to Buhari: Give account of $1bn that was voted for arms purchase

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The Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari government to explain how the $1 billion dollars that was withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account to purchase arms for the fight against insecurity was spent

The outspoken Governor said this in an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, he called on President Buhari to hold officials accountable for their actions.

Wike said: “I remember there was a time when $1 billion was taken from the Excess Crude Account to provide for security. Where is the equipment that we bought,” Wike questioned.

“If I should release that money as the Chief Security Officer, knowing how Nigeria is, I will make sure that those weapons and the right ones were bought.”

Wike further faulted the response of the Chief of Army Staff, Leut. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru over the arms purchase during his appearance before the House of Representatives ad hoc Committee on arms and ammunition.

The COAS had refused to speak further on the matter, insisting that he had barely settled into office and is definitely not the right person to speak on arms and ammunition purchased by his predecessors.

Wike added, “I was surprised when I was watching the television when the House of Representatives invited the Chief of Army Staff about the purchase of weapons and he said ‘look, you know the right people to ask.

“You have to take leadership. Even if those were at the helms of affairs of security, the onus is on you, you can still summon them back.”