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Ekitigate : Military panel recommends retirement of officers

Tukur-Buratai_1The Military panel has recommended that the officers used to rig the Ekiti and Osun state election should be retired.

Army Captain Sagir Koli revealed that the military was used to rig the election by intimidating All Progressives Congress (APC) members and sympathisers.

The military has however, come down hard on its officers who were unprofessional during the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states in 2014 and in last year’s general elections by retirement.

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Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said the military will be returned to its full professional status when he received the report of the Army Board of Inquiry (BoI) set up to probe allegetions of misconduct against its personnel during the elections.

The panel, which was set up on October 23, last year, was headed by the General Officer Commading (GOC) I Division, Maj.-General Adeniyi Oyebade. The panel sat in Kaduna.

There were protests over how soldiers intimidated the opposition in the governorship elections. The then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is believed to have used soldiers to aid its victory in the June 21, 2014 Ekiti poll that brought Governor Ayo Fayose into office.

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