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Major-General drags top army chiefs to court over retirement

18 July 2016, 14:38

Abuja - One of the Army Generals said to have been retired by the Army Council on June 9, 2016, Major-General Nwokoro Ijioma, has dragged the Nigerian Army, Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff to the National Industrial Court over his purported compulsory retirement from the Nigerian Army, Vanguard reports.

Major-General Ijioma wants the court to declare his purported compulsory retirement from the services of the Nigerian Arm illegal, invalid, wrongful, unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

His counsel, Mike Ozekhome filed the suit on his behalf in a letter dated 9th June, 2016, entitled, “Compulsory retirement NA Officer Major General Ijioma Nwokoro Ijioma (N/8304)” pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 09.02c(4) of the Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service for Officers of the Armed Forces (HTACOS) 2012.

He prayed the court for an order setting aside the letter of compulsory retirement issued by the Army Council, purportedly retiring him from the services with effect from June 9, 2016, and an order directing his immediate reinstatement of his rank and payment of all entitlements and perquisites of office due him.

Other relief sought by the applicant include: “A other restraining the Respondents from giving or continuing to give effect to the letter dated 9th June, 2016, purported to have compulsorily retired the Claimant from the service of the Nigerian Army according to Tribune.

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