The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has announced the arrest of a military contractor accused of fronting for a one-time Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

The apprehension which occured in Abuja on Friday comes after a raid to recover luxurious items at a residence in Abuja last week. Cash, vehicles and items amounting up to billions of naira in worth were recovered by the ICPC. The Commission’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, made these revelations on Friday.

The arrested suspect was named as Mr Kabiru Sallau, the Managing Director of K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited,

The official statement released warned that any conclusion will be subject to findings from an ongoing investigation.

‘The Commission wishes to state that ICPC operatives raided a property in Wuse 2 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, 16th June, 2022 between 5:00pm and 12:00am in suspicion of money laundering.

‘Facts available for the time being indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.

‘The Commission recovered money and other items from the property viz. N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, including three Rolexes, and some property documents.

‘The Commission arrested the Managing Director of K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Kabiru Sallau and investigation is ongoing. The Commission is yet to conclude its investigation and prefers not to preempt its outcome and also avoid the frenzy of a media trial,’ the statement read.

Tukur Buratai served as Nigeria’s COAS from 2015 to 2021. He is also as decorated figure and a retired Lieutenant General.

Recall that Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, spoke on funds being unaccounted for; months after President Buhari replaced Buratai and other service chiefs last year.

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