Alleged Ethnic Cleansing: Army Puts Retired General, Others Under Close Watch

Nigerian Army LogoNigerian Army authorities have put a retired Major General under close watch after allegations of nepotism levelled against the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika surfaced in the media.

Also being closely monitored are a few of the accomplices of the general, who are strongly suspected to have aided him in whipping up ethnic sentiments in the army.

The general was said to have served in the army for the mandatory 35 years but was retired compulsorily during the last retirement exercise involving some 51 top officers of the army.

Information Nigeria learnt that his retirement came as a surprise to him as the Chief of Army Staff had initially agreed to retire the generals on their birthdays.

Defence sources however did not give reasons for the sudden change of mind on the part of the COAS but we gathered that some of the affected generals had made separate cases for service extension to enable them complete the building of their personal houses.

It was learnt that the army authorities are not treating the allegation of nepotism in the military because of its implications for national security and unity.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff is scheduled to meet with the media on Monday, where he is expected to clear the air on the raging allegations rocking the army.

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