Shock prevails as Nigerian Army compulsorily sacks officers for alleged corrupt practices

Widespread shock prevailed in the Nigerian Army on Friday, as close to 200 officers- including high ranking officers- were  retired, following what the authorities said was a consequence of 'service exigencies'.

Certain Generals who zealously reported to work on Friday suddenly found themselves receiving retirement letters.

Officers who held operational positions like Brigade Commanders, Commanding Officers and other sensitive positions during the 2015 general elections; as well as those that participated in the war against terror, ‘Operation Lafiya Dole', constituted a large portion of those sacked.

Others allegedly had one or two roles to play in the procurement of army equipment and other logistics and may have been indicted by the Chief of Army Staff's Committee that investigated arms, logistics and other procurements dating back to the tenure of former COAS, Generals Owoye Azazi, Abdurahman Dambazau, Azubuike Ihejirika and KTJ Minimah.

A former ADC to  the late President Yar'Adua, Brigadier General Dahiru Abdusalami, and the former ADC to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Col Ojogbane Adegbe, were among the officers who were compulsorily retired.

 A statement from Army headquarters, signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations on the retirements and  released at 12. 45am, on Friday, read, "The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the general public that quite a number of senior officers of the Nigerian Army were retired from service yesterday.

"Those retired were mainly some Major Generals, Brigadier Generals, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.

"Their retirement was based on Service exigencies. It should be recalled that not too long ago some officers were investigated for being partisan during the 2015 general elections. Similarly, the investigation by the Presidential Committee investigating Defence Contracts revealed a lot.

"Some officers have already been arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). "People should therefore not read this out of context. "The military must remain apolitical and professional at all times".

Some of the affected include:

1. Maj Gen FO Ali.

2. Maj Gen EG Atewe.

3. Maj Gen Ejemai.

4. Maj Gen MY Ibrahim.

5. Maj Gen IN Ijioma.

6. Maj Gen Koleoso.

7. Maj Gen PAT Akem.

8. Maj Gen LC Ilo.

9. Maj Gen SD Aliyu.

10. Brig Gen Onibasa.

11. Brig Gen IM Lawson.

12. Brig Gen D Abdusalam.

13. Brig Gen Bashir Mormoni.

14. Brig Gen ASH Sahaad.

15. Brig Gen Koko Essien.

16. Brig Gen MD Onoiveta.

17. Brig Gen LM Bello.

18. Brig Gen MG Ali.

19. Brig Gen Oyefesobi.

20. Brig Gen Ogidi.

21. Brig Gen Fiboinumama.

22. Brig Gen Agachi.

23. Col OU Nwankwo.

24. Col Adegbe.

25. Col DR Hassan.

26. Col TT Minima.

27. Col CK Ukoha.

28. Col FD Kayode.

29. Col Achinze.

30. Lt Col Oladuntoye.

31. Lt Col Adinmoha.

32. Lt Col CO Amadi.

33. Lt Col Baba Ochanpa.

34. Lt Col Dazang.

35. Lt Col TE Arigbe.

36. Lt Col Egemole.

37. Lt Col A Suleiman.

38. Lt Col A Mohammed.

39. Lt Col AS Mohammed.

40. Lt Col Enemchukwu.

41. Maj TA Williams.

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