Buhari Army General threatened to kill President over defence contract

He is currently facing a court-martial after his arraignment before a military court.

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Brigadier General Lym Hassan play

Brigadier General Lym Hassan

(TheCable)
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A Brigadier-General in the Nigerian Army, Lym Hassan, has reportedly been caught on tape making a threat against the life of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a report by TheCable, Hassan, who was the coordinator of peace keeping at the Ministry of Defence, is currently facing a court-martial after his arraignment before a military court on October 30, 2017.

He was arraigned on two charges of spreading rumours about the president's death and demanding $600,000 bribe from a defence contractor.

President Buhari had approved the sum of  $1,464,750 on September 26, 2016, for the relocation and refurbishment of Level 2 Ministry Hospital under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) following a directive from the UN.

The president approved the same contract again on November 9, 2016, this time for the sum of $1,000,000, with the contract awarded to Opems Integrated Concepts Ltd in February 2017.

President Muhammadu Buhari play

President Muhammadu Buhari

(AFP/File)

 

Even though the company was directed to execute the project before April 2017, it was never done in that time, leading to a violation of the August 2017 deadline for the relocation of the hospital.

After the failure to execute the contract, the Ministry of Defence had issued a directive to serving military officers to execute it through the supply of medical equipment as well as dismantling and re-assembling the hospital at a new camp.

This had prompted Brigadier-General Hassan to reportedly demand $600,000 from Opems, unaware that he was being recorded on tape.

When he was asked by the contractor if he wasn't afraid of being caught up in President Buhari's anti-corruption war, Hassan allegedly replied, "If the president queries us, we will eliminate him."

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Despite Hassan being the only military personnel being prosecuted for the embezzlement of the original contract sum, TheCable reported that insiders in the Ministry of Defence said he was only a scapegoat and many others allegedly shared the money.

They have demanded that President Buhari set up an independent probe into the affair to uncover the other culprits.

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