Nigeria Army Retires 120 Generals, Brigadiers, Colonels, Others
In the midst of the country’s protection crises, the Nigerian Army’s high command has ordered the retirement of over one hundred twenty major-generals, brigadiers, colonels, lieutenants, captains, and others.
Officers who failed their Senior Staff Course Examinations have been among those who have been ordered to publish letters of voluntary retirement or face summary retrenchment.
The exercise was carried out in accordance with the Public Service Rules and the 2017 Armed Forces of Nigeria Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service (Revised).
It was once gathered that the wide variety of senior and middle level personnel that would be required to leave the provider would possibly be greater than a hundred and twenty as these concerned were being given their letters of compulsory retirement in batches.
According to our source, the first batch was given a closing date of December 24, 2022, to put up their retirement letters.
It used to be also realized that the affected personnel would commence their obligatory three-month pre-retirement depart in January.
According to sources, the majority of the involved officers followed the directive in order to keep away from adverse movements from the authorities.
The improvement has, however, generated consternation in the Army with many querying the cause in the back of the mass retrenchment.
An officer accused the military authorities of disobeying a directive from the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, that the exercising ought to be suspended till after the 2023 elections.
The supply stated, “Over 120 top officers have been served letters of obligatory retirement by using the Army authorities. The affected officers consist of major-generals, brigadier-generals, brigadiers, colonels, captains and other middle-level officers, who were unable to skip their promoting examinations after three attempts.
“But there are two guidelines guiding this issue: if one fails to pass by his promoting exams after three attempts, he may want to be viewed on the foundation of the years he has spent on the rank.
“Though the authorities knowledgeable us that these who failed to pass their tests would be regarded on the foundation of age on rank, they reneged on this and as a substitute directed us to put in our voluntary retirement letters. This is now not fair.”
Despite protesting the failure of the Army high command to comply with the rules, it was once learnt that the personnel have been compelled to smooth their notices of voluntary retirement with the option to complain or attraction later.
Another source, who tested the development, stated the letters issued to the affected officers were signed by the Military Secretary, Army, Major General J. Abdussalam.
Apart from these who failed their promotion examinations, the supply said these who had disciplinary instances and these who had spent the mandatory 35 years in carrier had been equally affected.
He said, “The officers who have been requested to submit letters of voluntary retirement had been greater than a hundred The navy directive was once contained in a letter dated October 24, 2022 however it was once served on them someday in November.
“They were given a cut-off date of December 24, 2022 to gentle their letters in any other case the Nigerian Army would compel them to go on compulsory retirement. They are to commence their terminal depart from either February or March 2023.
“The reasons for the disengagement are varied. Some had to do with age on rank or cases of indiscipline and other reasons recognized to the Chief of Army Staff and the Military Secretary (Army).
“Some failed promoting examinations three times. For example, some brigadier-generals failed their promotion exams to major-general throughout their third and last try this year.”
According to the findings, some of the officers had been lobbying top retired military officers for assistance, together with a former Chief of Staff.
However, there are indicators that the disgruntled officers might also have requested an extension of provider from the CoAS, Lt Gen Farouk Yahaya, and the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in accordance with Chapter 11, Section 2(e) of the HTACOS.
Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for extension of carrier in line with Chapter 11, Section 2(e) of the HTACOS.