Two personnel of the Nigerian Army are to be sacked while another nine are set for investigation by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC for their indictment by the panel set up by the Nigeria Army to investigate conduct of officers and soldiers during the 2015 general elections.
In the report submitted to the Chief of Army Staff at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, by the Chairman of the panel of inquiry, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, three are to lose their command and one recommended for prosecution for collecting financial gratification.
Other recommendations include placing 15 officers on watch list, while six officers are to face an audit committee and 62 officers (mostly of the rank of Majors-below) are to be given Letters of Displeasure and to appear before their respective General Officers Commanding for counseling.
Nigerian Army had based on petitions and allegations of unprofessional and partisan conducts of some officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army during the 2015 elections, Ekiti and Osun States Gubernatorial elections set up a high powered board of inquiry.
In a statement from Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations, the board during its sittings, heard from 23 officers and over 100 soldiers as well as 62 civilians.
The far reaching recommendations are believed to assist the Nigerian Army and the nation in the future.
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai while receiving the report of the board expressed delight on a thorough and dispassionate job devoid of influence from any quarters especially when it knew the gravity and implication of its report on the careers of officers and impact on the Nigerian Army.
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.