The Nigerian Army Council has reportedly retired two senior officers; Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh and Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye among others, over their role played in the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.
It was gathered that the retirement of the senior officers was connected to the recommendations of the panel set up by the Army authorities to look into allegations of professional misconduct against military personnel in the conduct of the June 14, 2014 governorship poll in Ekiti State and the 2015 general elections.
Following the results of the Ekiti governorship election which declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ayodele Fayose, as the winner, there were allegations that the Army personnel deployed in the state, led by Momoh, played active roles in an alleged rigging of the poll.
An officer of the Nigerian Army, Capt. Sagir Koli, who participated in the supervision of the poll, had leaked an audio recording of a meeting, featuring Fayose, Momoh, former Minister of State for Defence, Musliu Obanikoro; former Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan; and the PDP governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, among others, where the alleged rigging was hatched.
It was alleged that the broad strategy was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan to enable Fayose to defeat the then incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi.
However, they all vehemently denied the rigging allegations.
Confirming their dismissal on Sunday, the Army Acting Director of Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said that “Gen. Momoh and others have been retired from the Army”.
The Army spokesman did not give further details of the retirement.