By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA—Following recent disclosure by some senior officers of the Nigerian Army, including the 38 officers sacked by the Army Council for alleged complicity and partisanship in the 2015 general election, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has dared those not satisfied with the process to go to court.
Buratai admitted that some of the officers had petitioned the Army Council and other quarters over their alleged unjust retirement, insisting that due process was followed to the letter.
Speaking on the allegations regarding his family’s purchase of houses in Dubai and that of the alleged purchase of refurbished weaponry and logistics equipment which were presented as brand new, the Army Chief described such allegations as the handiwork of cyber and internet terrorists who had been defeated on land at the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai
The COAS, who spoke on the occasion of a media briefing to kick-start the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2016, added: “With regards to the retirements, I will not have said anything because the minister has cleared all doubts. But I want to inform you that due process was followed. It is a good idea that some of them are going to court.”
The COAS who spoke on the occasion of a media briefing to kick-start the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2016, explained further, “With regards to the retirements, I would not have said anything because the minister has cleared the doubt. But I want to inform you that due process was followed. It is a good idea that some of them are going to court. Some of them have written and we will respond to them accordingly. I have directed the legal department to prepare our defence for those going to court. The Army Council in its wisdom has taken the right decision and we have to abide by it”.
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