Nigeria Army sacks dozens of senior officers accused of corruption,partisan politics activities and the theft of billions of dollars meant to buy arms to fight the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency, the army and an officer privy to the list said Saturday.
The officer said more than 50 officers have been sacked. He spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the matter is sensitive and he was not authorized to speak publicly.
Army spokesman Col. Sani Kukesheka Usman said only that "quite a number" were sacked Friday, mainly major generals, brigadier generals, colonels, lieutenant colonels and one major.
Names sacked corrupt Nigeria Army officers.
Sahara Reporters has released a list of the senior military officers compulsorily retired bythe Nigerian Military on Friday June 10th, for their alleged involvement in corrupt practices. The list includes names of former ADC to former President Jonathan, Col. Ojogbane Adegbe. See the list and their photos after the cut.
Some already have been handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting billions meant to buy weapons Usman said in a statement.
Others were found to have played partisan roles in the 2015 elections in the south of the country that favored former President Goodluck Jonathan. He lost to former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari, who made fighting endemic corruption and Boko Haram a cornerstone of his campaign.
Usman did not name those fired.
Among officers on trial for corruption are two former chiefs of defense staff. The more recent chief, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, is in court for allegedly stealing some $20 million to build a shopping mall and buy other property in Abuja, the capital.
Also on trial is the former national security adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, who said he diverted $2.1 billion on Jonathan's orders to bribe officials to win Jonathan his party's presidential nomination. The entire annual military budget is about $6 billion.
Buhari blamed corruption for failures to curb Boko Haram and blamed those involved for the deaths of an unknown number of civilians and troops in the uprising that has killed more than 20,000 in six years.
Associated Press writer Haruna Umar in Abuja contributed.
List of the sacked senior Nigerian army corrupt officers.
Maj Gen Mobolaji Koleoso
Maj. General TC Ude
Maj Gen SD Aliyu
Maj Gen LC Ilo
Maj Gen PAT Akem
Maj Gen IN Ijoma
Maj. Gen O Ejimai
Maj Gen ED Atewe
Maj. General Letam Wiwa -Younger brother of murdered Environmental Rights activist and author, Ken Saro-Wiwa
Maj. Gen FO Alli
Maj. General MY Ibrahim
Brigadier Gen D Abdusalam
Brigadier General MG Ali
Brigadier General AI Onibasa
Brigadier Gen. Mustapha Onoyiveta
Brigadier General Bright Fiboinumama
Brigadier General GO Agachi
Brigadier General Okonkwo
Brig Gen Bashir Mormoni
Brig Gen AH Sa’ad -Former ADC to late President Musa Yar'adua
Brig Gen IMD Lawson
Brig Gen Koko Essien
Brig Gen Ogidi
Brig Gen LN Bello
Brig. General PE Ekpeyong
Brig Gen Oyefesobi
Col. Ojogbane Adegbe –ADC to former President Goodluck Jonathan
Col. CK Ukoha
Col. Tonye F Minimah –Younger brother of former Chief of Army Staff, LT. General Kenneth Minimah
Col DR Hassan
Col FD Kayode
Col OU Nwankwo
Col. MA Suleiman
Col. Nicholas Achinze -Dasuki’s ADC
Lt. Col GC Nyekwu
Lt Col TE Arigbe
Lt. Col C Enechukwu
Lt. Col TO Oladuntoye
Lt. Col CO Amadi
Lt. Col Adimoha
Lt. Col DB Dazang
Lt. Col OC Egemode
Lt. Col Baba Ochankpa
Lt. Col A Mohammed
Lt. Col AS Mohammed
Major TA Williams