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Panel recommends retirement of officers over Osun, Ekiti elections

12 January 2016, 14:03

Abuja - The board of inquiry set up by the Nigerian Army to investigate allegations of professional misconduct by some officers during the Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections has recommended the compulsory retirement of two senior officers of the Nigerian Army., reports The Nation.

The panel also recommended that three officers were to lose their command and one officer was recommended for prosecution for collecting financial gratification.

Also read: Fresh calls to probe army involvement in Ekiti poll

General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Kaduna, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, who chaired the board of inquiry, while submitting the report to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in Abuja on Monday also recommended placing 15 officers on a watch list while nine officers were to be further investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegations levelled against them.

In his remarks, while receiving the report, Buratai thanked the board for a thorough and dispassionate job devoid of influence from any quarters.

The panel, which was set up on October 23, 2015, followed protests over how soldiers intimidated the opposition in the governorship elections in the two states.

The then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is believed to have used soldiers to aid its victory in the June 21, 2014 Ekiti poll that brought Governor Ayo Fayose into office.

Read more at The Nation.

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