The Nation reports that the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) has disclosed details about Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai’s $1.5m mansions in Dubai. The bureau stated that army boss declared the mansions in his wife’s name. It said in reply to a FOI request:
“Tukur Yusuf Buratai, after his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, declared his assets as required by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The request inquired if Buratai declared the mansions or not. The CCB added that Buratai was served the Form CCB-I on July 21, 2015, which he returned on August 21, 2015.
“We also wish to confirm that his property at Dubai was declared in the wife’s name. Please, accept the warmest regards of the chairman,” it added.
On June 29 letter of the chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Osuagwu sought explanation on whether or not army boss declared the controversial houses. The letter said:
“We request that the CCB, pursuant to the FOI Act 2011, avail us the following concerning the declarations of Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai. On July 13, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Gen. Buratai as Chief of Army Staff.
The newspapers are awash that Gen. Buratai and his two wives in 2013 paid 1,498,534.00 AED (N120 million/ $419,000) for a Dubai property, Project TFG Marina Hotel, Unit 2711.”
Nigeria’s anti-graft commission has been under pressure to begin probe into how Tuku Buratai bought the Dubai mansions. Some prominent Nigerians have begun to pressure President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the chief army staff after the revelation that he bought two houses in Dubai, worth $1.5m.