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Defence Headquarters denies corruption allegations

The Defence Headquarters has denied allegations of corruption levelled against it by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre and Transparency International UK. The organizations in a report released on Thursday, revealed that former Nigerian military chiefs stole as much as $15 billion through fraudulent arms procurement deals.The 19-page report found that huge sums equivalent to half of Nigeria’s foreign currency reserves were stolen, noting that the defence sector corruption has weakened Nigerian counterterrorism capacity and strengthened Boko Haram terrorists.

The document observed that most significant corruption opportunities are those exploited through inflating procurement contract values and creating “phantom” defence contractsBut defence spokesman, John Enenche, told newsmen today that the damning accusations in the TI report were false and that the military was never consulted by the organization as widely alleged.

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