Captain Sagir Koli, has been commended by the Nigerian Army for exposing a video, recording plans by his commanding officer and top officials of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to rig the June 21, 2014 election in Ekiti State.
The army praised Mr. Koli’s for “non-partisan and professional conduct during the election period.”
The commendation was contained in a statement released by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, a Colonel, detailing the recommendations of a board of inquiry into allegations of unprofessional conducts by some officers and soldiers during the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.
The video recording revealed the connivance between Mr. Koli’s commanding officer, Aliyu Momoh, a General, and former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, chieftains of the PDP: Andy Uba and Iyiola Omisore, to rig the 2014 election in Ekiti State.
Mr. Koli went into hiding after he was tipped off of a plan by the army to arrest him. His younger brother, a 15-year old secondary school pupil was however arrested, detained and tortured by officers of the Nigerian army. Former President GEJ didn’t want to give a verdict on the video saying Mr Koli has refused to come out of hiding to authenticate the recording.
The statement by the army on Monday said the board of inquiry, chaired by Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, made far-reaching recommendations meant to assist the army in future involvement in civil elections.
In arriving at the recommendations, the board spoke to 62 officers, over 100 soldiers and 62 civilians.
According to the statement, the board approved the compulsory retirement of two officers from the army.
It also recommended that three officers should lose their commands and another approved of prosecution for collecting financial gratification.
The board further recommended the placing of 15 officers on watch list while nine others were to be handed over to the EFCC for further investigations following allegations of corruption against them.
The board also reference six officers to face an audit committee and 62 officers (mostly of the rank of Majors-below) were to be given letters of displeasure and to appear before their respective General Commanding Officers for counselling.
Three officers are to be given letters of commendations for top-notch professional conducts during the election, the board recommended. While the names of the affected officers and soldiers were not disclosed by the written statement.
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, thanked the board for doing a thorough and dispassionate job, which according to him, was devoid of external influences, assuring the board that report would be reviewed in accordance with Nigerian army’s legal and administrative procedure.