Rights groups welcomes Buratai’s clearance from fraud

Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen. Tukur BurataiEMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has endorsed the ruling by government absolving Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen. Tukur Buratai, from corruption.

This follows the controversy on Buratai’s family’s acquisition of a property in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

HURIWA said it had it “in good authority” investigation had shown the Dubai investments were based on capital market principles of shareholding.

“The capital market principle that governed the properties in issue, as it was found by investigators, was like having shares in companies instead of  wholly owning the properties,” HURIWA’s Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, jointly stated.

The officials said after investigating a recent media report over Buratai’s acquisition of property overseas, the government discovered that he and his wives invested as “shareholders” like many other persons in the property mentioned in the publications and were not the sole owners.

HURIWA further noted the statement credited to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, affirming Buratai’ asset declarations as per law.

“It is on record that Lt-Gen. Buratai has declared his assets as Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and as Chief of Army Staff to the Code of Conduct Bureau. These facts are verifiable with the Bureau,” the  minister’s statement read.

Critics have criticised the government’s position on Buratai, claiming it gave credence to the alleged selective application of the war on corruption.

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