Senate probes Nigerian army over arbitrary dismissal of 38 officers

Senate probes Nigerian army over arbitrary dismissal of 38 officers

- The Nigerian Senate has began probe on the arbitrary dismissal of 38 officers by the army

- The first hearing of Senate's probe on the matter will take place on Wednesday, October 4

- The probe follows a petition by one of the officers, Abdulfatai Mohammed, who was affected by the dismissal

The Nigerian Senate has taken steps to investigate the arbitrary dismissal of 38 officers of the Nigerian army, Premium Times reports.

The Senate's probe follows a petition it received by one of the affected officers Abdulfatai Mohammed.

Mohammed's petition dated July 19, was received by Ovie Omo-Agege, an All Progressives Congress senator representing Delta Central constituency.

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Hearing on the petition which was referred to the Senate committee on ethics and privileges and public petition for investigation is slated for Wednesday, October 4.

Parties involved in the matter - including the Nigerian army and the officer affected - are expected to make presentations.

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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Nigeria army said the officers were dismissed for the involvement in arms procurement fraud and professional misconduct during the 2015 general elections.

The army through its spokesperson, Sani Usman, revealed the reason why the personnel including some senior officers were sacked.

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However, some of the officers dismissed said there were ignorant of any charges against.

They also said that nobody ever mentioned the charges to them or accused them of any alleged offences before their dismissal.

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Source: Naij.com

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