by Akan Ido
The Nigerian Army have retired several senior officials in its service.
According to reports, the purge affected mostly general, colonels, and some middle-level officers.
The Army Council had on Tuesday approved the promotion of as many as 150 senior officers.
The retirement was confirmed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Koleosho.
He said the shake-up was to be expected since there has been a corresponding promotion of officers.
According to him, “It is true; it is a routine exercise. It happens everywhere and the Nigerian Army is not an exception.
“As you are promoting, you are also retiring, it is routine. It is normal for some people to go home at the end of the year.
“Retirement, recruitment and posting are regular features in the Army.”
Efforts made to get the list and number of officers that were retired yielded to fruit. There are speculation that the list of retired officers were not made public due to the tendency of the public to read religious and ethnic meaning to the exercise.
It was further speculated that the exercise might have affected top officers of the military who were asked to step aside for the ongoing investigation into the twin bomb blast that rocked the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in November.