For their alleged roles in the 2015 general elections and in the dubious arms procurement scandal, the Nigerian Army Council has reportedly retired the Aide de Camp to ex-Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Umaru Yar’Adua, and 57 other officers.
The affected officials include: Jonathan’s Aide de Camp, Col. Ojogbane Adegbe; a former Principal Secretary to an ex -National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.); Col. Nicholas Achinze, a former ADC to the late President Yar’Adua, Brig. Gen. A. H. Sa’ad; and 57 other officers.
According to a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, a large number of the affected officials were retired on Friday.
Those affected by the disciplinary action include Army top brass in the ranks of major generals, brigadier generals, colonels, lieutenant-colonels and a major.
The Army spokesperson also said that some of the retired officials are currently facing legal prosecution following the recommendation of the Presidential advisory committee on corruption.
“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.”
However, according to Punch, who spoke to a source privy to the situation, several other officials were affected.
They Include: Maj. -Gen. M.Y. Ibrahim, F. O. Ali; Brig.-Gen. A. Abdusalam; M. G. Ali, Onibasa; L. N. Bello; Brig.-Gen. D. Abdulsalam, Brig.-Gen. Momoni and M.G. Ali, Fiboinumana, Agachi, Okonkwo, Audu, Oladunjoye, C. O. Amadi, Adimoha, Dazang, Arigbe, Egemole, Baba-Ochanpa, A. Mohd, S. D. Aliyu, LM Bello, Ejemai, Lawan, M. G. Ali, Achinze Ilo, and Col. Audu.