An officer and soldiers who took part in the operation were still missing as of Thursday morning, The Gazette understands.
Authorities have stepped in to prevent reprisal by the army which could, in turn, escalate a long-standing rivalry between military personnel and police officers in Nigeria.
Boko Haram has remained on the offensive, launching vicious attacks against the Nigerian military, as the tussle for control over the troubled Northeast persists.
The Gazette’s revelations on David Umahi’s financial misdeeds in public service have left our reporters receiving frequent harassment and death threats from his aides and goons.
“He stopped our running expenses two weeks ago because he became angry that we all betrayed him by sending bank documents to the media,” an affected official said.
The former chief of army staff’s underhand dealings while heading critical positions within the army hierarchy underscored the depth of untamed corruption in the military.
Adedayo Akintoye’s discreet ownership of lavish assets reflects a meshing of civil service and luxury lifestyles now increasingly seen amongst government officials in Nigeria.
Mr. Buhari has been widely excoriated for allotting such a humongous sum to the project, at a time the country was bereft of sufficient resources to fund critical infrastructure.
A review of Kogi’s N130.5 billion 2021 budget shows a line item ambiguously stated as “COVID-19” with N9.7 billion allotted for it.
The justice department disclosed that Alaumary who had owned up to the crime “was a prolific money launderer” with great expertise in various forms of online heists.