120 officers, including Major-Generals, Brigadier-Generals, colonels, lieutenants, and captains, have been told to go on a compulsory retirement
It was discovered that the officers affected failed their Senior Staff Course Examinations.
According to information obtained, considering that those affected were receiving their letters of mandatory retirement in batches, the number of senior and middle level employees who would need to depart the service may be higher than 120.
According to Saharareporters.com, An officer accused the military authorities of disobeying a directive from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, that the exercise should be suspended till after the 2023 elections.
The source stated, “Over 120 top officers were served letters of mandatory retirement by the Army authorities. The affected officers include major-generals, brigadier-generals, brigadiers, colonels, captains and other middle-level officers, who were unable to pass their promotion examinations after three attempts.
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The section states, “An officer called upon to retire, resign or to relinquish his commission shall, if he so desires, appeal to Mr President, the C-in-C (Commander-In-Chief) through the CDS (Chief of Defence Staff) within 30 days to have his case reconsidered.”
However, there are hints that the disgruntled officers may have requested an extension of service in accordance with Chapter 11, Section 2(e) of the HTACOS from the CoAS, Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya, and the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.).
The Nigerian Army recently retired 29 generals from service after Farouk Yahaya was named chief of army staff.
Despite the Defence Headquarters’ assertion that none of its employees had been forced into retirement as a result of the appointment of Mr. Yahaya, who belonged to Regular Course 37, the decision to forcefully retire the generals is made.