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We’ve not received $1bn to fight insurgency – Military Published December 3, 2018

Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja
The military has said it has yet to receive the $ 1 bn promised by the Federal Government to fight insurgency in the North – East .
President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2017 promised to take the money from the Excess Crude Account , a decision which became a subject of controversy and debate in the country .
Speaking on a news programme on the
Nigerian Television Authority , the Director , Army Public Relations , Brig . Gen . Sani Usman , said the defence ministry had been working towards receiving the money from the government.
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Usman said , “ People should understand also that this is a democratic system in which the procurement , and of course , the funding of defence – related issues take such a long time . Take for instance the issue of the $ 1 bn approved recently by Mr President , up till now the process is ongoing .
“ The Ministry of Defence is still pursuing the matter to the point that when it is done , the armed forces will definitely get more equipment , more arms and ammunition .
“ To the best of our abilities , all the necessary equipment , ammunition and arms are being given . It is so sad and unfortunate that our troops came under enemy attacks on November 18 , and we suffered causalities as we mentioned . Sadly , we lost 23 soldiers , and of course , some of them sustained injuries .
“ In respect of the effort, we are trying as much as possible to make sure that first and foremost we give timely and accurate information on all our activities and operations , bearing national security concern . ”
The Ministry of Defence said it could not confirm the receipt of the money.
The Director of Press at the ministry , Charles Nwodo , told our correspondent on Friday , “ I have to check with the Department of Finance if the money has come . But I don ’ t have any information about such funds yet. Unfortunately , the man at the department in charge is not around yet. ”

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