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Army fires Momoh, ex-spokesman over Ekiti elections

04 April 2016, 11:12

Ekiti - The Nigerian Army has retired two senior officers, Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh, the former spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye and some other officers over their role in the 2015 elections in Ekiti State.

It was learnt on Sunday that the retirement of the senior officers was in connection with 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.

The panel was also directed to investigate the roles played by the military officers who participated in the August, 2014 governorship election in Osun State.

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After the results of the Ekiti governorship election was released, where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ayodele Fayose, was declared 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, Jelili Adesiyan; and the PDP governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, among others, where the alleged rigging was hatched.

The individuals had stridently denied the rigging allegations.

Source: Punch

- News 24


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