BY CHRIS BURNS
… as Army retires 50 officers in ‘massive shake-up’
No fewer than 50 officers of the Nigerian Army have been asked to disengage from the service of the force, a source confirmed to newsreportersng.com.
A list, with names and ranks of those affected, is said to be ready and waiting for implementation.
Officers of ranks from Major-Generals, down to Majors, are affected in the massive retirement, which some military officers called “a major shake-up”.
The source said the decision to retire the officers were reached during a meeting of the Army Council, which started by 9:00pm Thursday and dragged into the early hours of Friday.
The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai.
Majority of the officers are alleged to be close to senior officers in the past government, and are affected to ensure that the “issue of dual loyalty is eradicated.”
It was gathered that various allegations were leveled against them and the officers said that “the allegations were raised to persecute us because we were never investigated by or invited to any panel. In fact, some of us were only called on phone and told of the retirement, which was approved by the Army Council, headed by the Minister of Defence,” the source said.
Confirming the retirement, the Army Spokesman Colonel Sani Usman the retirement was based on Service exigencies, especially as “ It should be recalled that not too long ago some officers were investigated for being partisan during the 2015 General Elections.”
He said that those retired were mainly some Major Generals, Brigadier Generals, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.
“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). “