Metele Base Attack: Opposition Parties, SERAP, Urges Presidency To Probe Military Budget
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SREAP) – civil society group and the opposition parties under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the spending of military budgets from 1999 to 2018. They also called on the President to take before the International Criminal Court all cases of alleged diversion of military funds, including $2bn arms funds allegedly diverted during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The calls followed the attack on the Metele military base in Borno State by terrorists. The terrorists, believed to be fighters of the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), had attacked the army base on November 18, during which scores of soldiers, including a commander and his assistant, were reportedly killed by the insurgents while others fled the base or were abducted. The army had yet to release any figure of missing or deceased soldiers a week after.