Army Denies Religious Or Ethnic Claims On Officer’s Retirements

Channels Television  
Updated December 27, 2012

The Nigerian Army has denied reports and insinuations that it forcefully retired 51 of its officers including Major-General Mohammed Isah, the former commandant of the Armed Force and Command Training School, Jaji.

The military training school was recently attacked by the fundamentalist sect,  Boko Haram.

Addressing journalists in Abuja the Director, Army Public Relations, Major-General Bolaji Koleoso noted that, contrary to speculations that the findings of the board of inquiry on the Jaji bomb blast led to the retirement of major general Mohammed Isah.

He added that the report is yet to be considered by the Army Board even though it has been completed.

He also explained that like other officers who were retired, the Major-General had attained the mandatory 56 years mark for the post of a Major –General who has not been promoted.

While the Brigadier-Generals have attained the age of 54 on their ranks, the Colonels on the other hand have attained the age of 52 years, making them eligible for retirement.

He added that some of the retiring officers retired voluntarily knowing the age limit on their ranks.

The 51 retired officers include 12 Major-Generals, 25 Brigadier-General and 12 Colonels.