The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it had constituted a high powered panel for the purpose of investigating the level of involvement of its personnel in the 2014 Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections.
Colonel Sani Usman, the spokesman of the Nigerian army, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, said the Board of Inquiry would “investigate the alleged unprofessional and unethical conduct of some Nigerian Army personnel during the two elections.”
According to the statement, the panel is also mandated to “investigate similar instances in any other state in Nigeria where other allegations of misconduct were made during the 2015 general elections in the country”.
It said, as part of its terms of reference, the board was “to also review the involvement of the Nigerian Army formations/units and its personnel in elections and other duties in aid to civil authority”.
“The essence of the Board is to prevent future unprofessional conduct by officers and men in the performance of their constitutional roles, while strengthening Nigerian Army’s support to democratic values and structures in Nigeria,” the statement added.
The Street Journal recalls that Captain Sagir Koli of the 32nd Artillery Brigade, based in Ekiti State, had posted audio recordings and transcripts of meetings of some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, showing how some army officers were planning to use the military to rig the 2014 governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.
Koli, who has since fled the country for fear of reprisal, was said to have recorded the conversation on 20th June 2014, when he accompanied his Commanding Officer, Brigadier-General Aliyu Momoh, to Spotless Hotel, Ado-Ekiti,venue of the meeting.