Nine major generals and 7 brigadier generals “arbitrarily” dismissed by the Nigerian army in 2016 for unjustifiable reasons were technically withdrawn from service, despite the interventions of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
PRNigeria concluded that the generals concerned have reached their deadline this year and cannot be reinstated in the military even after resolutions by the National Assembly, NASS, and several courts have ordered their reinstatement which has been blatantly ignored by the Nigerian army.
The affected military generals were among 38 army officers who were automatically resigned on June 9, 2016 for no valid reason.
The officers who have been “technically” removed from service pending justice are the FO Alli major generals; EJ Atewe; In Ijioma; LC Ilo; CT Ude; L. Wiwa; SD Aliyu; MY Ibrahim and; O. Ejemai.
The brigadier generals are DM Onoyeiveta; ASO Mormoni-Bashir; ASH Sa’ad; LM Bello; KA Essien; BA Fiboinumama and; IM Lawson.
Meanwhile, three brigadier generals: D. Abdusalam; AI Onibasa and; GO Agachi can always be reinstated as they still have active years to serve.
Several attempts by Mr. Malami to resolve the impasse between army generals and their military authorities were also unsuccessful.
PRNigeria concluded from a credible investigation that the Army Council, then chaired by the trio of Mr. Mohammed Mansur Dan-Alli (then Minister of Defense), General AG Olonsakin (then Chief of Staff of Defense) and Lt. Gen. TY Buratai (then Army Chief) sat and announced the mandatory retirement of 38 army officers.
The announcement of the compulsory retirement of the 38 officers was made via the media even before the officers concerned were finally informed by text of their retirement, sources revealed to PRNigeria.
While announcing the mandatory retirement to the media, the Nigerian military claimed that the 38 army officers who were automatically resigned were investigated and found professionally corrupt in public procurement contracts. defense and / or election-related offenses in the 2015 general election.
But one of the sources, with extensive knowledge of the case, argued that none of the 38 army officers who were ex officio retired were ever investigated or court martial before their mandatory public retirement.
The source, a senior military officer, who requested anonymity, said: has never been court martialed – these are mandatory disciplinary procedures in the military, as recognized by law!
“Army records will show that none of the 38 army officers who were automatically resigned has ever been charged with an offense in accordance with the procedures set out in the Armed Forces Act CAP A20. the Federation of Nigeria 2004. “
Another source, while confiding in PRNigeria, said that after their public retirement, many victimized officers wrote to the army leadership under Lt. Gen. Buratai, asking to be informed of the facts which constitute an offense. presumed, as stated in their respective letters of mandatory retirement. , but unfortunately, the army has not responded to this simple request for 5 years now.
“Some of the officers involved have also sent letters of redress to the Senate and House of Representatives regarding the victimization of 38 military officers. The Nigerian Congress, through its respective public petition committees, investigated the matter and was shocked that the military could not provide any allegations of wrongdoing against the officers whose careers were publicly cut short.
“After their respective inquiries into the matter, both Houses had reprimanded the Nigerian military for the arbitrary disengagement of officers without any wrongdoing and without due process and warned that such abuse of power would discourage officers and soldiers in service to engage fully in the service of the nation. The two chambers of the National Assembly also recommended the immediate reinstatement of the officers concerned.
“The resolutions were duly forwarded to the Secretary of the Federation Government and the Army Chief of Staff, but these Congressional resolutions were completely ignored, indicating a deliberate pattern of abuse against these innocent officers. “, did he declare.
PRNigeria checks indicate that after the Nigerian military refused to reinstate officers based on National Assembly resolutions and court orders, Mr. Malami, through the Federation Solicitor General and Secretary permanent member of the Federal Ministry of Justice, wrote letters and reminders to the military authorities in October 2019, November 2020 and even in February 2021 to seek clarification “on serious acts of injustice and illegal and compulsory retirement of senior officers ”.
In one of the letters, which was also seen by PRNigeria, Mr. Malami reminded the army chief that he had not yet received a response for the initial letter he had sent, so that he can advise the president in an appropriate manner.
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