- John Enenche, the Director Defence Information, said the allegation leveled against the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) is not true
- Enenche has clarified the allegation that the DHQ service chiefs illegally extend military careers of course mates
- He said the extension of service for officers can also be at the discretion of the commander in chief
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has denied the allegations that service chiefs were illegally extending military careers of most of their course mates.
John Enenche, the Director Defence Information gave the clarification in a statement on Thursday, June 22.
According to Premiums Times reports, Enenche said that the clarification followed a publication captioned: “How Service Chiefs Illegally Extend Military Careers of Course Mates”.
“Thus, it has become necessary to clear this issue that was addressed particularly to the Nigerian Army, Navy and Airforce.’’
NAIJ.com gathered that he explained that the publication cited the “Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service (HTACOS), 2012, Paragraph 02: 10 (b) as justification for the assertion, which is a tabulation of the conditions relating to the length of service of a commissioned officer of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“However, it failed to give insight into other sections of the Paragraph that borders specifically on extension of service for a commissioned officer.
“In view of this kind of an unbalanced publication, the Defence Headquarters wishes to posit that; Paragraph 02:10 (d) of Armed Forces of Nigeria, Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service, officers, 2012 is clear on the considerations for extending the length of service for officers, which are summarized as follows:
“An officer’s career can be extended based on the interest of the Service, in this case, Army, Navy and Airforce.
“In very exceptional cases, an officer’s Career can be extended beyond one year for as long as necessary.
“Extension of service for officers can only be approved by the Service council/board comprising the Honourable Minister of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, the service Chief, Service Director at Ministry of Defence and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence.
“Extension of service for officers can also be at the discretion of the Commander in Chief,’’ Enenche, a major general, said.
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