January 11, 2016 – Nigerian Soldiers Who Collected Bribe During Ekiti & Osun Governorship Elections Under Probe
An inquiry board has been set up by the Nigerian Army to investigate petitions and allegations of unprofessional and partisan conducts of some officers and soldiers during the 2015 general elections as well as the 2014 Ekiti and Osun state gubernatorial elections has recommended that an officer and nine others should face trial for allegedly receiving bribes.
While submitting its report to General Yakubu Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff on Monday at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, Chairman of the Board, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, stated that the Board 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.
According to him, the Board had made far reaching recommendations that would assist the Nigerian Army and the nation in the future.
He further added that two officers were recommended for compulsory retirement from the Nigerian Army, three were to lose their command and one was recommended for prosecution for collecting financial gratification.
Other recommendations include placing 15 officers on watch list, nine officers were to be further investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over allegations leveled against them.
In addition, the Board recommended that 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 counselling.
He however failed to reveal the identity or the rank of the officers.