The Nigerian Army Board of Inquiry for the 2015 general elections has recommended compulsory retirement of two officers for their misconduct in the 2015 general elections.
This was disclosed on Monday as the Chairman of the board, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade GOC 1 Division, was submitting report to Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
According to him, the board recommends that two officers should go on compulsory retirement from the Nigerian Army, three were to loose their command and one was recommended for prosecution for collecting financial gratification.
Other recommendations include placing 15 officers on watch list, nine officers were to be further investigated by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission over allegations levelled against them. While six officers were to face an audit committee and 62 officers (mostly of the rank of Majors-below) were to be given Letters of Displeasure and to appear before their respective General Officers Commanding for counselling. Three officers are to be given letters of commendations.
It will be recalled that there were petitions and allegations of unprofessional and partisan conducts of some officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army during the 2015 General elections, Ekiti and Osun States Gubernatorial elections last year.
The Nigerian Army set up a high powered Board of Inquiry. The Board after a thorough job submitted its report to the Chief of Army Staff at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
Revealing parts of the reports, Oyebade, said that the board made far reaching recommendations that would assist the Nigerian Army and the nation in the future.
General Oyebade also commended an officer, Captain Sagir Koli for non-partisanship and professional conduct during the election period.
He thanked the Nigerian Army for the opportunity to serve and reiterated the Board’s members’ willingness to serve when called upon for any other such assignment. He also acknowledged the support and cooperation they received from the Nigerian Police and other security agencies, as well as the general public.
In his remarks while receiving the report, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, thanked the Board for a thorough and dispassionate job devoid of influence from any quarters.
He expressed delight that the Board, knowing the gravity and implication of their report on the careers of officers and impact on the Nigerian Army, discharged their assignment diligently and professionally. He assured them that the report would be reviewed accordingly, in line with Nigerian Army’s legal and administrative procedures.
The Chief of Army Staff also enjoined members of the Board to share knowledge acquired in the course of their assignment with their colleagues for the benefit of the Nigerian Army and the nation. He further reiterated assurances that the Nigerian Army would continue to remain professional and apolitical in the discharge of its responsibilities.
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