A recording of a Nigerian Army Brigadier-general, Lym Hassan allegedly threatening to kill President Buhari over defence contract has been released.
Lym Hassan who is the coordinator of peace keeping at the ministry of defence has been arraigned before the military court on October 30, the CABLE reports.
Hassan was charged with two allegations bothering on spreading rumours that Buhari was dead and also demanding $600,000 bribe from a defence contractor.
Report has it that Buhari had “approved a $1,464,750 contract on September 26, 2016 for the relocation and refurbishment of Level 2 Ministry Hospital under the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) following a directive from the UN.”
Another $1 million dated November 9, 2016 was approved for the same contract raising eyebrows among Nigerians. The contract was awarded to Opems Integrated Concepts Ltd for $1 million in February with expectation of ending in April. However, the contract was not carried out and the ministry of defence issued a directive to serving military officers to go and execute the contract.
The contract involved supply of medical equipment as well as dismantling and re-assembling the hospital at a new camp. Hassan allegedly demanded $600,000 from Opems in spite of the fact that the bulk of the money has been shared.
According to report from The Cable, the contractor secretly recorded Hassan and asked him if he was not afraid of President Buhari’s anti-corruption war. He said: “If the president queries us, we will eliminate him.”
The contractor later asked for payment of $500,000 from the ministry in spite of the fact that the contract had stated clearly: “Please note that the contract price is fixed and no request for variation will be entertained.”
However, a source in the ministry of defence had this to say: “Hassan has become the scapegoat but the bulk of the contract money was shared across board. He carelessly talked himself into trouble and he will carry the can for all those who participated in the bazaar.”