- Some Are Too Rich, Others Too Corrupt
- How Politicians Nailed Some, Boko Haram Suspects
- Implicated Others, More Heads To Roll
By Sam ADEGBE, Abuja
Although retired compulsorily and without the usual courtesies, 38 officers of the Nigerian Army cannot challenge their sack before the courts given the enormity and proofs of the offences for which they were laid off, in which some were adjudged to be too rich for the comfort of the service.
Highly placed Military sources confirmed to us that all the officers have been under investigation for various offences by the Army Council, which approved their sack. Set up by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, in the last six months, with some of them recalled from foreign postings.
According to our findings, some of the officers were discovered to be stinking rich without the sources of their wealth being known, which triggered suspicions that they may have got such money through illicit ways, while some were investigated for alleged links with Boko Haram.
Some of the officers who held command positions were accused of tampering with funds meant for the upkeep of troops under them, while others failed to render accounts of money donated through them to the Nigerian Army, even as others were accused of using their positions to collect money from individuals to provide them with soldiers for personal reasons.
Some of them our source said were found wanting for collecting money from politicians during the last elections and failed to render accounts of such funds, even as some of them were accused of taking part in the sharing of the arms deal loot, spear headed by Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), the former National Security Adviser.
Another category of the soldiers were accused of dereliction of duty, others for acts inimical to the good image of the Army and yet others for aiding acts considered outside professional lines. A particular officer was accused of aiding the recruitment of suspected Boko Haram suspects into the Army.
A military source told us that the ongoing purge in the Military is not also unconnected with several disclosures by civilians, especially politicians who are also being investigated for various acts of corruption, as some of their statements indicted highly placed military officers, some of whom were amongst those retired by the Army.
According to our investigations, more heads may roll in the Army as several other cases are still under investigation, even as officers of the Nigerian Air Force, who may have soiled their fingers in similar acts have been running from pillar to pole trying to save their jobs.
Sources also hinted that several police officers have also been under searchlight by Inspector General of Police Sunday Arase, for allegedly taking sides in political matters and for also taking part in the proceeds of corruption.