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Reps tackles Army, Navy, Airforce over $195m contract

The House of Representatives committee on navy has grilled the Nigerian armed forces over 195.3 million dollar contract alleged to have been illegally awarded to Deep Blue Project.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Yussuf Gagdi, asked if the equipment supplied by the contracting company met the required specifications.

This according to him was regardless of the certificate of no objection issued by the Bureau of Public Procurement BPP.

In his response, the Chief of Naval Operations, Rear Admiral Sulaiman El-Ladan, said the armed forces were neither involved at conceptualization or procurement process.

Rear Admiral El-Ladan confirmed the receipt of two special mission vessels, although he complained of the configuration of the equipment.

The Representative of the Nigerian Army and Deputy Director special forces operations, Colonel Kolawole Bukoye, informed the committee that out of the sixteen buffalo armoured vehicles to be supplied by deep blue project, only six were received, while the remaining ten are at the port awaiting clearance by the Nigeria Customs.

The representative of the Nigerian Air force Air Vice Marshall Amadi Ananaba, however, declined to respond to questions, saying they preferred to present a written submission.

In a letter read by the chairman of the committee, the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, and the Nigerian Ports Authority who were both expected to appear before the committee denied knowledge of the transaction.

The committee later adjourned to next week Tuesday to meet with the Minister of transport.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, editing by Daniel Adejo.