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» » PANIC IN NAVY AS EFCC BEGINS PROBE OF MILITARY PAYROLL
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There is tension within the Nigerian Navy as the EFCC commenced fresh investigations into the three arms of the Armed Forces.

The Federal Ministry of Finance had on Thursday directed the anti-graft agency to investigate the payroll of the military.

The ministry said the investigation followed revelations in the course of the trial of a former Chief of Defence Staff, retired Air Marshal Alex Badeh, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, that N558.2m was diverted monthly from the NAF accounts into private pockets.

The EFCC had since January been investigating only the air force and the Nigerian Army.

However, with the new directive, it means that the Nigerian Navy would be included in the EFCC probe.

A source at the EFCC said, “We were investigating only the army and the air force because they were the ones given funds to fight Boko Haram. Since the battle has only been in the North-East where there is no piracy, the navy was not really involved in the arms deal and we therefore did not focus on them during investigations.

“However, with this new directive, we will go after the navy. We are aware that part of the NIMASA fraud also involved some navy personnel. We will now do a full-scale investigation.”

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