The Nigerian Army Council yesterday approved the retirement of a good number of some senior officers.
The shake-up, it was learnt, is aimed at restructuring the military and weed out bad eggs, following the on-going arms deal probe for which most of the army generals are standing trial before the court.
A statement signed by acting director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman and made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend noted that the retirement is based on service exigencies.
The statement reads in part: “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.”
The statement added that; “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).”
While calling for support for the Army, Col Sani said, “People should therefore not read this out of context. The military must remain apolitical and professional at all times. We must applaud and support this laudable and bold initiative by the government. You are please requested to disseminate this information to the public through your medium.”
LEADERSHIP Weekend reliably gathered that officers retired include Major General F O Ali, former commander, Brigade of Guards, Major General Emmanuel Atewe; Major General M Y Ibrahim, Brigadier General L M Bello and Brigadier General Mustafa Onoyevita.
Others on the list of retirees are Brigadier General A S H Sa’ad, Brigadier General Mormoni Bashir, Brigadier General D Abdulsalam, Colonel Dr Hassan, Colonel Nwanko, Lt Col Suleiman(Int) and a host of others.