Purchase of 12 Tucano fighter jets from US: Senate panel fails to present probe

Purchase of 12 Tucano fighter jets from US: Senate panel fails to present probe

- The Senate panel tasked to probe President Buhari's purchase of 12 Tucano jets has not submitted its report

- It was reported that work was still going on concerning it

- Senator Abaribe said decision will be taken after submission of report

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters has failed to present the report of its probe after being mandated by the Senate to do so.

President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the transfer of $496 million to the US for the purchase of 12 Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020.

The Punch reports that the committee was given till Thursday, May 3, to submit its report to determine whether President Buhari breached the constitution with the purchase.

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This came after a call was made by some lawmakers for the impeachment of the president.

Senator Bukola Saraki had said: “What I am saying is that the best committee here that can advise us on whether an infraction has taken place or not, and how do we move forward to address it normally, is the Judiciary Committee; let them look at it. By Wednesday, they can bring the report back to us.”

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, said the report was not available yet.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said the Senate will take its decision after the report has been submitted.

Meanwhile, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), Nigeria’s former head of state, cautioned against the impeachment of President Buhari or removal of other elected officials; stating that such an eventuality would not augur well for the country’s democracy.

He made the comments as he received members of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) in a courtesy visit on Thursday, May 3, in Abuja, Vanguard reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that Gowon made the comments against the backdrops of the submission of a report on the motion for the president’s impeachment following the purchase of $496 million Tucano aircraft without approval from the National Assembly.

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Source: Legit.ng

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