Tuesday, 21 June 2016
DSS arrest member of the Presidential Investigative committee on Arms procurement
The Department of State Service (DSS) have reportedly arrested a member of the Presidential Investigative Committee on Arms Procurement, Air Commodore Umar Muhammed (rtd), for alleged fraudulent deals involving top government officials.
According to Thisday, Muhammed is alleged to be fronting for some high ranking officials within the EFCC and security agencies to carry out corrupt activities.
“Air Commodore Umar Muhammed (rtd) is a member of the arms procurement committee, and there are speculations that he is the one fronting for some members of the committee. He is rumoured to be fronting for high ranking officials in the EFCC and ONSA,” a source alleged Based on a tip off, men of the Department of State Security (DSS) raided his residence at No. 4 Lundi Close Off Mississipi Street in Maitama, Abuja on Sunday night June 19th. According to the source, DSS operatives, after a five-hour search, found and seized the sum of $1.5 million in cash and various high-end cars.
“The DSS cordoned off his house in Maitama, where he is believed to be having meeting at the time they swooped on the residence and searched his house at about 5p.m. on Sunday and did not leave until about 10p.m. where they found so much incriminating evidence. After the search at his Maitama residence, the sum of $1.5 million cash was discovered and about 18 luxury cars were taken away including Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Buggatti and many others,” the source claimed.
The source also revealed that the suspect usually uses No. 1 Gado Nasko Street, Asokoro “where he allegedly defrauds people.” Muhammed is still reportedly being held at the DSS detention centre in Abuja. Muhammed, who is said to be the Chairman of EasyJets Nigeria, is one of the 13 members of the Presidential Arms Procurement Investigative Panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari in August last year under the supervision of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).