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BOARD OF INQUIRY SET UP BY NIGERIAN ARMY TO INVESTIGATE SOME OF ITS OFFICERS SUBMITS REPORT

A panel set up by the Nigerian Army to probe involvement of officers and soldiers in election malpractices during the governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti State has  submitted its report.

Based on petitions and allegations of unprofessional and partisan conducts of some officers and men during the election in those states last year, the Nigerian Army set up a board of inquiry.

It submitted its report yesterday to the Chief of Army Staff, Lit General TUKUR BURATAI at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

Submitting the report, Chairman of the board, Major General ADENIYI OYEBADE, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, said it placed advertorials in the media requesting for memoranda from the public before they commenced sitting.

In all, he stated that 23 officers and over 100 soldiers appeared before it as well as 62 civilians.

Some far-reaching recommendations made by the board include that two officers proceed on compulsory retirement from the Nigerian Army, three were to lose their command and one was recommended for prosecution for collecting financial gratification.

Other recommendations included placing 15 officers on watch list, nine officers were to be further investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations leveled against them, while six officers were to face an audit committee and 62 officers (mostly of the rank of Majors-below) were to be given letters of displeasure and to appear before their respective General Officers Commanding for counseling.

While receiving the report, Lieutenant General TUKUR BURATAI, thanked the board for a thorough job devoid of influence from any quarters and assured that it would be reviewed in line with Nigerian Army’s legal and administrative procedures.

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