Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai has inaugurated an arms verification committee with a charge to produce a report that will enhance ongoing operations.
At the inaugurationA�on MondayA�in Abuja, the COAS stated that arms verification exercises across all army formations remain highly valuable, hence it is carried out annually or when necessary.
He said the Nigeria Army has an existing procedure for checks and balances in which formations and units render computerised arms returns for accounting purposes.
“These laid down procedures have over time been jettisoned or compromised for various reasons.
He said the verification exercise will involve recently procured arms for the conduct of training and operations.
He said: “However, we have discovered that some of these weapons were delivered straight to various theatres of operation without following the proper process of documentation and accounting.
“This has sometimes resulted in double accounting by many formations especially those involved in country insurgency and other military operations in aid of civil authority. The resultant effect of these improper arms handling has necessitated the need to reconcile and constantly update returns in line with data bases held at AHQ.A�
“There is, therefore, the need to have accurate records of the holding in various depots and arms stores across the NA. It is to this end that your committees were convened to go round all the units and formations in the Nigerian Army to verify their arms holdings.