Army faults corruption report of Transparency International on fight against Insurgency.

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The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has faulted claims by Transparency International that corruption has slowed down efforts to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.

Defence spokesman, Major General JOHN ENENCHE, said the current crop of Nigerian military officers cannot be linked to corruption.

 

In a statement in response to the report, Major General ENENCHE said a lot has been done to train and boost the morale of troops, as well as procure vital equipment through due process.

 

He said the military has recaptured much of the territory claimed by Boko Haram since the conflict began in 2009.

 

But Transparency International revealed in a statement that the promise by President MUHAMMADU BUHARI to tackle corruption and terrorism was being hampered by lack of transparency in the award of contracts by the military.

 

It noted that corrupt military officials have been able to benefit from the conflict through the creation of fake defence contracts, the proceeds of which are often laundered abroad in the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere.

 

The reported noted that the trend makes it difficult for the military to acquire the required equipment and training to take on the militants who are armed with sophisticated weapons.

 

The group called on the government to make its defence budget and procurement systems more transparent.

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