Military officers indicted in the federal government's arms scandal report may be dismissed, according to Punch Newspaper.

The officers implicated in the report will be interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) this week. The indicted officers include two former military chiefs, Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika and Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah.

Military spokesperson Rabe Abubakar revealed that no fewer than ten military officers implicated would be tried under both civil and military laws, saying that the personnel would be dismissed if found guilty.

"You are aware that security officers are wearing two caps; they are under two laws, civil laws and military laws, and each of these laws are aimed at taking certain actions that correct anomalies which had been on for some time," Mr. Abubakar said.

"The officers who have been indicted, whatever the government decides to adopt is what the military would equally themselves to because we are subservient to the government. Whatever the government's moves are, we have to quickly fall in with whatever instructions it issues," he added.

Mr. Abubakar stressed that the military, like the federal government, is committed to fighting corruption within its ranks and would fully cooperate with the government's anti-corruption policies.

"We are completely behind the ongoing anti-corruption drive in the country...the armed forces of Nigeria are committed to ensuring that corrupt practices are stemmed out of the system and we support every policy of the government in that direction," he said.

The spokesperson added that the military's decision on the indicted officers would be made public in the near future.

An EFCC source revealed to Punch Newspaper that in addition to the two former military chiefs, the following officers would be interrogated this week: Major-General J.A.H. Ewansiha, Maj.-Gen. U. Buzugbe, and Maj.-Gen. E.R. Chioba.

Additionally, the EFCC will question former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nurudeen Mohammed and three former permanent secretaries from the Ministry of Defence, Bukar Goni Aji, Haruna Sanusi, E. Oyemomi. One John Bamidele will also be interrogated.

The EFCC source told Punch, "On Monday, we will dispatch invitations to ten of those mentioned in the report and by Wednesday their interrogation will start."

COAS Yusuf Buratai


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