The Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Jon Ode (rtd) Presidential arms probe panel has been unceremoniously disbanded, information reveals.
A security source informed Global Sentinel that the 13-member panel was secretly disengaged after series of corruption allegations and conflicts of interests associated with some members of the panel.
“Have you heard about the panel again after one Air Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd), was fingered in bribery allegations? There were also unwholesome practices by members of the panel who were alleged to have exploited those individuals and companies they were supposed to investigate,” the source said.
“So in order not to allow the embarrassment to continue and tarnish the image of the Presidency, the Committee has to be disbanded,” the source said.
But the source noted that one of the immediate causes of the panel’s demise was the alleged policy of vendetta by AVM Ode and his ambition to usurp the powers of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Mungonu (rtd).
According to the source, the panel was trying to probe and indict Mungonu in order to pave way for Ode to fulfill his aspiration as NSA.
“Can you imagine how ambitious he became, trying to probe, indict and possibly replace the current NSA. Moreover, his panel was method of operation was full of vendetta in addition to other corrupt allegations rocking them,” the source added.
President Muhammed Buhari had exactly a year ago directed to convene an investigative committee on the procurement of hardware and munitions in the Armed Forces from 2007 till 2016.
Buhari through his Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, stated the investigative committee’s mandate, which was to identify irregularities and make recommendations for streamlining the procurement process in the Armed Forces.
The members of the probe panel include:
AVM J.O.N. Ode (rtd.)-President
R/Adm J.A. Aikhomu (rtd.) – Member
R/Adm E. Ogbor (rtd.) – Member
Brig Gen L. Adekagun (rtd.) – Member
Brig Gen M. Aminu-Kano (rtd.) – Member
Brig Gen N. Rimtip (rtd.) – Member
Cdre T.D. Ikoli – Member
Air Cdre U. Mohammed (rtd.) – Member
Air Cdre I. Shafi’i – Member
Col A.A. Ariyibi – Member
Gp Capt C.A. Oriaku (rtd.) – Member
Mr. Ibrahim Magu (EFCC) – Member
Brig Gen Y.I. Shalangwa – Secretary
The member of the panel, Commodore Umar Mohammed (rtd) who was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) over corruption charges, is yet to regain his freedom for over four months now.
Source: Global sentinelGlobalsentinel