The Nigerian Army has been urged by the senate to reinstate colonel Chidi Ukoha who they believe was wrongfully dismissed.

In June 2016, the Nigerian Army retired Ukoha and dismissed 37 other officers.

But Ukoha was not satisfied with the Army’s decision, he then petitioned the Nigerian Senate on the grounds the he wasn’t given a fair hearing before his dismissal.

While cautioning the Army against arbitrary disengagement of officers, the senate unanimously took the decision after adopting a report by the Ethics and Privileges Committee.

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Chairman of the Senate committee, Sam Anyanwu, while presenting the report, noted that the officer was wrongfully dismissed despite having up to 12 more years to serve in the Army.

“That the statement by the Nigerian Army that the officer as retired on disciplinary ground and given fair hearing before the retirement could not be substantiated by the Army, as the officer was never warned, queried or made to appear before any disciplinary committee/court marshal.

“That the Nigerian Army could not also prove that the petitioner was in anyway involved in arms procurement or in political election corruption,” the report stated.

The senate also asked the Army to pay Ukoha his entitlements.

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