Friday, October 14, 2016

Sacking officers in Nigeria

Luke Leyman provides this Vanguard account of recent actions to retire Nigerian Army officers for cause without due process. Excerpt:
This is a serious matter because the officers as Nigerians are entitled to fair hearing as enshrined in Section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution (As Amended). The next point is why weren't the officers given fair hearing as contained in the Constitution and the Armed Forces Act? In fact, Section 117 of the Act affords officers an opportunity to elect for a court martial instead of a summary trial in writing. While the Act in Part XII clearly prescribes all offences, both minor and serious and in subsequent parts states the military trial procedure.
The op-ed notes that the retirement actions fall disproportionally heavily on officers of Southern extraction.

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