- The Senate has called on the Nigerian army to reinstate one Colonel Chidi Ukoha, who was dismissed in 2016
- Ukoha had petitioned the upper legislative chamber after he was retired by the Army in 2016; as he stated that he was not given a fair hearing
- The lawmakers concluded that the Army’s reasons for dismissing Ukoha could not be substantiated; and urged that the officer be reinstated and all his entitlements paid
The Nigerian army has been urged by the Senate to reinstate a certain Colonel Chidi Ukoha, who was dismissed in June 2016 alongside 26 other officers, Premium Times reports.
The decision was unanimously reached by the lawmakers on Tuesday, November 22, after adopting a report by the Ethics and Privileges Committee.
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NAIJ.com gathers that the Army was also cautioned not to arbitrarily disengage officers.
Ukoha had petitioned the Senate after he was retired by the Army in 2016.
The officer was dissatisfied with the dismissal, and stated that he was not given a fair hearing.
Senator Sam Anyanwu, Chairman of the Ethics and Privileges Committee, told his colleagues that Ukoha had served in the Army for over 12 years, and had been wrongfully dismissed.
Reading his committee's report, Anyanwu stated: “That the statement by the Nigerian army that the officer as retired on disciplinary ground and given fair hearing before the retirement could not be substantiated by the Army, as the officer was never warned, queried or made to appear before any disciplinary committee/court marshal.
“That the Nigerian army could not also prove that the petitioner was in anyway involved in arms procurement or in political election corruption.”
After Anyanwu read his report, the lawmakers urged the Army to reinstate the dismissed officer, and pay all his entitlements.
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Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Senate took steps to investigate the arbitrary dismissal of 38 officers of the Nigerian army.
The Senate's probe followed a petition it received from one of the affected officers, Abdulfatai Mohammed.
Mohammed's petition was received by Ovie Omo-Agege, an All Progressives Congress senator representing Delta Central constituency.
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