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    Weeds Overrun N1.2bn Properties Seized From Ihejirika

    Weeds have overrun some of the property allegedly belonging to a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.), which were seized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

    Sources within the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told SUNDAY PUNCH that the properties, including a hotel, chalet, duplex, mansion and a parcel of land, all located within an estate off Jabi-Airport Road in Abuja, were worth about N1.2bn.

    Our correspondent, who visited the properties on Saturday, observed that mechanics had set up a makeshift workshop in front of one of the buildings.

    The inscription on the fences read, ‘EFCC. Keep off!’

    A mechanic, who spoke to our correspondent in Yoruba, said, “When they were still in power, dozens of soldiers were stationed here permanently. However, after the EFCC sealed off the property in January, all the soldiers left. We are using this place temporarily.”

    A security guard at the hotel stated that to be commissioned in February.

    He said, “Gen. Ihejirika used to come here. Soldiers were the ones guarding this hotel. It was supposed to have opened for business in February, but the place was sealed off.”

    The Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement charged with investigating the Defence Equipment Procurement from 2007 to 2015, had indicted Ihejirika and 17 serving and retired military personnel, 12 serving and retired public officials, and 24 chief executive officers of companies.

    It found that contracts by the Ministry of Defence for the period under review were often awarded without significant input from the Nigerian Army to vendors who lacked necessary technical competence.
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