The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced a high-powered Board of Inquiry (BOI) to investigate serious malpractices involving its personnel and to review the involvement of its formations/units and their officials in elections and other duties in aid of civil authority.
“The BOI is to investigate the alleged unprofessional and unethical conduct of some Nigerian Army personnel in Ekiti and Osun States’ Gubernatorial Elections 2014, as well as in any other State in Nigeria where other allegations of misconduct were made during the 2015 General Elections in the country,” the Army’s Acting Director of Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said in a press statement.
It would be recalled that last February, SaharaReporters published an exclusive story about how some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in collusion with some army officers led by Brigadier-General Aliyu Momoh,the commander of the 32nd Artillery Brigade stationed in Ekiti State, rigged the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun States in 2014.
Our report included documents and audio recordings providing substantial courageously prepared and provided by Sagir Koli, a Captain in the 32nd Artillery Brigade stationed in Ekiti State who accompanied Brigadier General Momoh to a key PDP planning meeting in Ado-Ekiti on 20th June 2014 ahead of the Ekiti election which brought the current governor, Ayodele Fayose, back to power. The meeting involved Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, Iyiola Omisore, Jelili Adesiyan, Omobolanle Oluwo, Wasiu Kayode Bawa-Allah and a crew of Nigerian army officers led by Brig. General Momoh. Captain Koli fled the country for fear of his life, but his teenage secondary school brother was arrested and tortured by army officials.
According to Tuesday’s statement, the mission of the BOI is to “prevent future unprofessional conduct by officers and men in the performance of the constitutional roles while strengthening Nigerian Army’s support to democratic values and structures in Nigeria.