The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has denied allegations making the rounds that the Federal Government doctored the report of the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Armed Forces (2007-2015).
The minister made the clarification in a statement signed yesterday by his special adviser, Mr Segun Adeyemi, in which he dismissed the insinuation as untrue.
Mohammed explained that what had been released so far was the report of the audit covering the period 2011 to 2015, adding that the committee would commence the audit of procurement from 2007 to 2010 as soon as the necessary documents were available.
“When the documents regarding procurement from 2007 to 2010 are available and scrutinised, the committee will then issue its report on that.
“The audit is being done in phases, and the report that was released on Thursday is the third of such,” he said.
The minister assured that the Federal Government’s anti-corruption fight was non-discriminatory, calling on Nigerians to keep an open mind as events unfold. He stressed that the corruption in the defence sector had very serious consequences for the country.
“No one should attempt to distract from the seriousness of the issues involved in this audit of defence equipment procurement,” he said.
The minister noted that with more than N185.8 billion and 685.3 million dollar spent on procurement and operations within the period, the irregularities in the awards denied the military from getting value for money.