Oluwole Josiah

Olowu of Kuta, HRM Oba Adekunle Makama, Tegbosun III, has expressed support for former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, following allegations that huge sums of money were recovered from a property in Abuja, allegedly owned by him.

The monarch said there were attempts to soil the name of the Nigerian Ambassador by faceless groups, noting they such would be futile.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission(ICPC) had announced it recovered N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, three Rolexes, and some property documents from a property in Wise II, in Abuja.

Earlier reports had it that the funds and items were recovered from a house and office said to belong to Buratai in Abuja.

But the commission had since clarified that the house belonged to a military contractor.

Further clarifications revealed that the huge sum said to have been recovered was part of the billions of naira earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

But the spokesperson of the commission, Azuka Ogugua, denied that the house belonged to Mr Buratai.

According to Ogugua, facts available indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.

However, speaking at a press conference in Kuta on Tuesday, Olowu said Buratai is of “unimpeachable character worthy of emulation.

Olowu flanked by other traditional rulers in Osun State said he’s ready to support any Nigerian that’s patriotic and have shown enough commitment to the unity of Nigeria like Buratai.”

He said it was the timely rebuttal of the ICPC that thwarted the efforts of those who want to ridicule Buratai simply because of politics.

“It was the timely intervention of the ICPC that the money was found with the military contractor and not Buratai’s residence that saved the day, otherwise some would have believed the hatchet job by the online portal,” the monarch said.

“For instance, if you found money meant for contract from one of Julius Berger’s directors, does it mean the money belong to President Muhammadu Buhari who gave them contract?

“Buratai has no house in Wuse 2 where all the items recovered by the ICPC were found. It’s purely an attempt by politicians to tarnish his image.

“Not many people were comfortable with his presence at the Eagle Square recently during the All Progressives Congress Primary in Abuja.

“He has also been named as part of the APC campaign council for Osun State governorship election in July. I think you can see where the attack is coming from.”

Olowu who said Buratai has transformed the Nigeria mission in Cotonou said pulling him down purely because of politics is condescending.

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