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Army wants soldiers who erred during polls punished

11 January 2016, 21:29

Abuja - The Board of Inquiry set by the Army to probe allegations of unprofessional and partisan conduct of some officers and soldiers during elections held in Ekiti and Osun States has recommended action against the errant individuals.

The board, submitting its report on Monday, suggested two officers be recommended for compulsory retirement from the Nigerian Army, three to lose their command and one to be prosecuted for collecting financial gratification.

Other recommendations include placing 15 officers on watch list and nine officers to be further investigated by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission over allegations leveled against them.

These are recommendations made as the board submitted its report to the Chief of Army Staff in Abuja.

Chairman of the Board, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, delivered the report, whose contents could not be ascertained, at the Army Headquarters.

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.

Oyebade also acknowledged the support and cooperation they received from the Nigerian Police and other security agencies, as well as the general public.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General, Tukur Buratai, thanked the board for the exercise.

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. Buratai assured them the report would be reviewed accordingly, in line with Nigerian Army’s legal and administrative procedures.

Buratai 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.

- CAJ News


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