The Nigerian Army has confirmed that it had dismissed at least 12 senior officers, including Generals, in line with the approval of the Army Council, over alleged involvement in the Ekiti governorship election scandal and defence contract related offences.
A statement issued by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, on Saturday, said the approval was confirmed at the meeting of the council on Thursday.
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Although names of the affected officers were not made available for public consumption, it was on record that more than a dozen top officers were handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation over alleged defence procurement fraud.
The statement read: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the general public that quite a number of senior officers of the Nigerian Army were retired from service yesterday.”
“Those retired were mainly some Major Generals, Brigadier Generals, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.
“Their retirement was based on Service exigencies. It should be recalled that not too long ago some officers were investigated for being partisan during the 2015 General Elections.
“Similarly, the investigation by the Presidential Committee investigating Defence Contracts revealed a lot.
“Some officers have already been arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). People should therefore not read this out of context.
“The military must remain apolitical and professional at all times.
“We must applaud and support this laudable and bold initiative by the government”.
It would be recalled, the Army had last year sent 12 Army officers to the EFCC for investigation.