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Update – Armsgate: Ken Saro-Wiwa’s brother, Gen Wiwa arrested

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Vice Admiral Charles J. “Joe” Leidig, Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations and Brigadier General Letam Wiwa

Security operatives have arrested former Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Wiwa, as part of the ongoing investigations into the disbursement of the $2.1 billion arms fund.

General Wiwa is the younger brother to late Ken Saro-Wiwa, the late Ogoni rights activists’ who was executed by the Abacha’s government in connection with the Ogoni crises of the 1990’s.

He was the Deputy Commandant at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, before his arrest.

Security operatives have arrested former Director of Military Intelligence, Major General Wiwa, as part of the ongoing investigations into the disbursement of the $2.1 billion arms fund.

General Wiwa is the younger brother to late Ken Saro-Wiwa, the late Ogoni rights activists’ who was executed by the Abacha’s government in connection with the Ogoni crises of the 1990’s.

He was the Deputy Commandant at the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, before his arrest. 

This is coming as Army authorities confirmed that 12 Army officers, including serving and retired, had been sent to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission [EFCC] for investigation. 

The Army also said that at the end of the commission’s investigations, those found culpable would be tried by a military Court Martial. 

A statement signed by Col Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, had said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public that 12 Army officers have been sent to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), for investigation. 

“This comprised of three serving Major Generals, and one retired, three Brigadier Generals, four Colonels and one Lieutenant Colonel. 

“However, it should be noted that at the end of the Commission’s investigations those found culpable will be tried by a military Court Martial. Col Usman, did not state in specific term what the officers were being investigated for.”

According to Vanguard, Security sources disclosed that the senior officer, who is currently being detained at one of the major military barracks in Abuja, might have been arrested because of the sensitive positions he held in service. 

General Wiwa was at several times, Military Assistant to late General Owoye Azazi when he served as Chief of Defence Staff. 

He was Principal Staff Officer, PGSO, at the office of the National Security Adviser when Azazi served as NSA. 

He continued in the position as PGSO when Col Sambo Dasuki was NSA and was later appointed Director of Military Intelligence when Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika became the Chief of Army staff. 

When Lt. General Kenneth Minimah assumed office as the Chief of Army Staff, he retained Wiwa as DMI. 

Sources further disclosed that General Wiwa could be the key to unraveling a lot of unclear deals involving some military and arms contractors as well as the roles of some service chiefs, who may be invited in future as investigation continues. 

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