January 15, 2016 / 2:31 PM / 2 years ago

Nigeria's Buhari orders probe of 38 people, firms over arms deals

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to probe 38 former military chiefs, officers and companies for alleged arms procurement fraud, a presidency statement said on Friday.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari waves during a graduation ceremony at Kaduna State University in Kaduna, Nigeria December 12, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Among those listed are former chiefs of defense and air staff that served under former president Goodluck Jonathan. The statement added that the order was based on a recommendation by a committee established to carry out an audit of arms and equipment procurement from 2007 to 2015.

Reporting By Felix Onuah, Writing by Julia Payne; Editing by Alison Williams

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