Army makes clarification on corruption allegations against top officers
The Nigerian Army denied claims of corruption against some of its top officers on Tuesday.
According to a statement issued by Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, in Abuja, some disgruntled servicemen addressed an open letter to the president accusing top army leaders of corruption.
On Monday, an online report stated that some disgruntled servicemen had accused top army leaders of wrongdoing in an impersonal letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.
More concerning, Nwachukwu added, was the suggestion that troops had threatened to go on strike, claiming that such an action amounted to mutiny in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
He said the Nigerian army has subscribed to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as directed by the Federal Government since 2018.
He added that the system had facilitated the flawless payment of salaries and allowances of personnel.
Nwachukwu said subscribing to IPPIS was part of the effort to guard against fraudulent practices and entrench accountability and transparency in the system.
According to him, the IPPIS does not permit any personnel access to payment processes.
“These processes, undoubtedly, provide zero opportunity for anyone or group of persons to manipulate personnel entitlements.
“It is also important to state that the army and sister services jointly operate a Consolidated Armed Forces Salary Structure (CONAFSS), which is applicable to the Armed Forces of Nigeria in general.
“Therefore, what is applicable to personnel of other services (Nigerian Navy and Air Force), invariably applies to personnel of the Nigerian army.
“Suffice to state that personnel salaries and allowances are promptly and appropriately paid, without any form of shortchanging,” he said.