The Nigerian Army said it has retired some senior officers from service following their involvement in contract scam and other offences.
A statement on Saturday by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said their retirement was approved by the Army Council.
The statement further stated that the approval was confirmed at the meeting of the council on Thursday.
Usman further said their retirement was connected with the investigation by the Presidential Committee investigating defence contracts.
He said some officers had already been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Usman urged the public not to read the development out of context, adding that the military must remain apolitical and professional at all times.
Number and names of the officers retired were, however, not given in the statement.
He said: “The Army wishes to inform the general public that quite a number of senior officers of the Nigerian Army were retired from service yesterday.
“Those retired were mainly some Major Generals, Brigadier-Generals, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.
Given hints as to why some were retired, he said, “not too long ago some officers were investigated for partisanship during the 2015 general elections.”
“Their retirement was based on Service exigencies. It should be recalled that not too long ago some officers were investigated for being partisan during the 2015 General Elections.
“Similarly, the investigation by the Presidential Committee investigating Defence Contracts revealed a lot.
“Some officers have already been arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). People should therefore not read this out of context.
“The military must remain apolitical and professional at all times.
“We must applaud and support this laudable and bold initiative by the government”.