The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has confirmed that it raided the Abuja home of former Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai.
However, the anti-graft agency claimed in a statement released on Friday by its spokesperson Azuka Ogugua that its agents raided the home of military contractor Kabiru Sallam, who is the subject of an inquiry.
The ICPC reportedly conducted a raid on the home mentioned in Mrs. Ogugua’s testimony on Thursday, recovering items such expensive automobiles, Rolex watches, and hard currency.
The agency confirmed the recoveries and the arrest of “Managing Director of K Salam Construction Company Nigeria Limited, Mr Kabiru Sallau and investigation is ongoing.”
The commission failed to connect the property that was raided to Mr. Buratai, stating that it has not yet finished its investigation and that it “prefers not to preempt its outcome and also avoid the frenzy of a media trial.”
The anti-graft bureau, however, lacked a permit to examine Mr. Buratai’s property, the Nigerian ambassador to the Benin Republic claimed to The Gazette on Thursday.
He claimed over the phone that “Nobody obtained any warrants to search my place.” When asked whether he was confirming the raid and cash recovery from his property, he cut the phone off abruptly. He did not return calls after that.