Nigeria boots out corrupt Army leaders
from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Army is reining in on corrupt leaders within its ranks.
An unspecified number of senior officers have been retired from the service following their involvement in graft and partisan acts during the general election held last year.
Those that have been expelled have mainly been some Major Generals, Brigadier Generals, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.
Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, acting director army public relations said 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,” he said.
“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.
Usman said the military must remain apolitical and professional at all times.
“We must applaud and support this laudable and bold initiative by the government.”
The Nigerian Army has previously been accused of human rights abuses during operations to rid the country of the Boko Haram terrorists. Officers have also been heavy-handed in dealing with protesters.
– CAJ News
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