Senators grill defence minister over $496m expenditure

Senators grill defence minister over $496m expenditure

- Some members of the Senate have grilled defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali over $496 million

- The minister and other government officials were questioned for about an hour by members of the panel led by Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe)

- The session which held behind closed doors started around 3.15 pm and lasted till 4.44pm

Defence minister, Mansur Dan-Ali has been questioned over $496m spent on the purchase of Super Tucano aircraft from the United States without the approval of the National Assembly.

Daily Trust reports that members of the Senate committee on appropriation interrogated Dan-Ali after a letter by President Muhammadu Buhari on the expenditure was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki during plenary session.

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The minister and other government officials were grilled for about an hour by members of the panel led by Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe). The session which held behind closed doors started around 3.15pm and lasted till 4.44pm.

At the plenary, Senator Mathew Uroghide (PDP, Edo) said the president’s action violated provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

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Saraki said: ”It is just a communication; we have to always be guided by the procedure. We would just have to ensure that we go strictly by the procedure.

”This institution that we have here, we would always stand for what is right and we would always do that.”

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Senate summoned three key federal government officials to provide explanation on a critical issue.

The officials summoned are the minister of defence, Brigadier-General Masur Dan Ali; the CBN governor, Godwin Emiefiele; and minister of fiance, Kemi Adeosun.

The summon is due to the news that $16 million was withdrawn from the federation account to buy helicopters without the approval of the National Assembly.

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Source: Naija.ng

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