- President Muhammadu Buhari has received a third letter from illegally dismissed Nigerian Army officers
- Nine major generals, 11 brigadier generals, seven colonels and 11 lieutenant colonels were laid off by the Army in that mass sack
- The Tukur Buratai-led Army abruptly ended careers of the officers by way of compulsory retirement in June 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari has received a third letter from illegally dismissed Nigerian Army officers after they were shown the way out of the institution in June 2016, Premium Times reports.
Nine major generals, 11 brigadier generals, seven colonels and 11 lieutenant colonels, 38 officers in sum, were laid off by the Army in that mass sack.
The latest petition is the third to the president apart from one to his deputy Yemi Osinbajo while running the nation in an acting capacity. The previous petitions to the president were neither acknowledged nor replied.
The petition dated Monday, September 3, forwarded through their lawyer, Abdul Mohammed, read in parts: “For over two years the Army 38 have repeatedly requested the Army leadership to state their offence(s)…the Army leadership has not been able to state the specific offence(s) save to say to punishment to my client came ‘from above’, signifying that (the president) ordered for the punishment.”
“Mr President, you have put out a reputation of being a man of justice, dignity and integrity buy you are yet to prove it to all Nigerians in the case of these 38 innocent Army officers. In the past two years, grave injustice has been meted to (them), and in spite of repeated passionate letter(s) of redress to you as their Commander-in-Chief, you have been curiously silent.”
One of the affected officers, Ojebo Baba-Ochankpa, died while waiting for justice in January last year.
President Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, declined comment when contacted on the matter.
Texas Chukwu, spokesman of the Army has also refused to comment on the issue.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Army erred in its judgement regarding the sack of the officers.
Its rules say the Army has no power to retire any officer on disciplinary ground without compliance with the steps prescribed by law including the establishment of a panel to try the officers, which was not done.
Meanwhile, officers and men of the Nigerian Army who staged a mutiny at Maiduguri Airport a month ago have been arrested and detained.
A captain and no fewer than 70 others are in detention, in what military authorities described as “an embarrassing action, which is against military rules of engagement.”
The captain (names withheld), was said to have led others who refused to be redeployed to Gamboru Ngala, a border town in Borno state with Niger Republic, which is known as the stronghold of Boko Haram insurgents.
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