Minister says arms fraud report is not fake

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied claims that the arms deal fraud report was doctored by the government.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Mohammed made the comment on Friday, July 15, 2016, via a statement.

The statement reads in part:

"When the documents regarding procurement from 2007 to 2010 are available and scrutinized, the committee will then issue its report on that. The audit is being done on phases, and the report that was released on Thursday is the third of such."

"No one should attempt to distract from the seriousness of the issues involved in this audit of defence equipment procurement. It is important to note that even though the total amount spent for procurement and operations within the period were N185,843,052,564.30 and $685,349,692.49, the irregularities in the awards ensured that the military did not get value for money, with very serious consequences."

Several military officials from the Goodluck Jonathan administration are under investigation after the report indicted them of laundering funds meant for the procurement of arms for Nigeria's war against Boko Haram.

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