Army Retires Gens. Momoh, Laleye, Others over 2014 Ekiti Governorship Poll

The Nigerian Army Council has accepted the recommendation of the panel set up by the Army authorities to look in the accusation that the military aided the election of Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose’s to win the governorship election in 2014.
Flowing from the panel’s report two senior army officers, Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh, the former spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye, and other officers, who were indicted, have been retired.
It was learnt that the retirement of the senior officers followed the recommendations of the panel set up to look into allegations of professional misconduct against military personnel in the conduct of the June 14, 2014 governorship poll.
After the results of the Ekiti governorship election was released, where the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, was declared the winner, there were allegations that the Army personnel deployed in the state, led by Momoh, played active roles in an alleged rigging of the poll.
An officer of the Nigerian Army, Capt. Sagir Koli, who participated in the supervision of the poll, had leaked an audio recording of a meeting, featuring Fayose, Momoh, former Minister of State for Defence, Musliu Obanikoro; former Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan; and the PDP governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, among others, where the alleged rigging was hatched.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed that “Gen. Momoh and others have been retired from the Army”.
The Army spokesman did not give further details of the retirement.

Author: News Editor

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