Nigerian Army Names Panel To Probe Soldiers

Nigerian Army Names Panel To Probe Soldiers

The Nigerian army has named a five-member panel of inquiry to investigate alleged involvement in partisan politics by some soldiers and officers before, during and after the general elections in the country.

Nigerian Army Names Panel To Probe Soldiers
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai

Briefing journalists in Kaduna on Monday, November 9, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade the president of the investigative panel, revealed that the panel had two weeks to submit its report to Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff (COAF).

According to Premium Times, the panel includes Major General Oyebade, Colonel Danladi Salihu, to serve as the secretary, Brigadier Generals Emmanuel Kabuk, Sunday Araoye, and Baba Ibrahim.

Oyebade noted that the panel was open to the public and called on people with any useful information on military involvement in partisan matters to visit it and testify.

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“As most of you are aware, the last general elections conducted in March 2015 elicited criticism in some quarters, especially from the general public, particularly on conduct of Nigerian Army personnel during both the gubernatorial and presidential elections respectively.

“These allegations were centred on the gubernatorial elections conducted in some States such as Ekiti, Osun, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom, to mention a few.

“It is therefore based on all these weighty allegations that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on assumption of command articulated his vision of having a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles instituted this Board of Inquiry.

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“The panel is to investigate these allegations and recommend appropriate measures to prevent a reoccurrence in the future,” the statement read in part.

Oyebade stressed that the military should always remain apolitical and neutral, adding that the vision of the COAF was to have a professionally responsive Nigerian army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.

Meanwhile, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has commended the Nigerian army for setting up a panel to investigate election irregularities in Ekiti and Osun states.


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