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Corruption: Group charges military, EFCC to probe Naval Commodore

The Network Against Corruption and Trafficking has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff to investigate the Executive Director, Operations, Navy Holdings Limited, Commodore Gabriel Aligwe for allegedly owning and running private companies while in service against extant rules

The Director of Investigation, NACAT, Oghenedoro Tega made the development known on Friday night, in a statement obtained by our correspondent while accusing Aligwe of frustrating contractors and accepting kickbacks for his personal gain.

Tega said, “NACAT’s investigation revealed that Commodore Gabriel Aligwe, the Executive Director, Operations, of the Navy Holdings Limited and his immediate family members have interest as Directors in the companies, “Max-Magins Nigeria Limited – Rc 912887 and Martgab Nigeria Enterprises Limited – Rc 866375; and he did not declare them in his Assets and Liabilities Declaration Forms with the Code of Conduct Bureau, in compliance with the law.

“Aside from the above-mentioned private companies, Aligwe also has real estate companies, and he is using his office to award contracts to himself through these private companies that he incorporated solely as a medium of perpetrating fraud and abuse of office. He has also continuously flouted and breached some provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended and the Code of Conduct Bureau Act Guidelines on Assets Declaration.

“Our investigations revealed that as a result of the numerous complaints while he was in office as Managing Director, the immediate past Chief of Naval Staff constituted an investigative panel that found Commodore Aligwe culpable and as a result of the findings, he was recommended for Court Martial and was to refund huge sums of money that was unaccounted for.

“To date, Commodore Aligwe has not been tried. It is therefore unfortunate that despite the alleged and perceived atrocities and abuse of office Commodore Aligwe perpetrated at the Naval Building and Construction Company Limited while in office as Managing Director, he is yet to be tried” NACAT’s Director of Investigation stated.

The group further threatened to take legal action if the right authorities failed to probe Commodore Aligwe for the alleged offences.

“It is, therefore, our firm position that it is necessary and expedient to revisit and conclude the pending case against Commodore Aligwe.

“His posting to the Navy Holdings Limited, which is a business entity operated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (not by obeying the last order), should be reconsidered by the Chief of the Naval Staff. Otherwise, the Nigerian Navy should prepare for a barrage of lawsuits” Tega added.

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