The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Monday that the Army Council only approved the compulsory retirement of 38 senior officers.
According to Usman, those affected in the compulsory retirement exercise were nine Major Generals, 10 Brigadier Generals, seven Colonels, 11 Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.
He quoted service exigencies in consonance with the Armed Forces Act, 30 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as the basis for their compulsory retirement from service.
Usman had also made a reference to the outcome of the investigation of the Presidential Panel on Arms Procurement and the Investigative Panel into the activities of the personnel of the Army as the basis for the retirement of the officers in an earlier statement on Saturday.
The Acting Army Spokesman said in the statement that serving officers of the Army were listed by some media houses among those said to have been retired by the Army Council.
He appealed to the public to discountenance the report.
He said that the Nigerian Army remained a professional organisation whose personnel must remain apolitical at all time.
He said, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to speculations and rumours regarding the number and names of the senior Army officers affected in the recent retirement exercise.
“We wish to state that only 38 senior officers were affected by the retirement exercise. For the avoidance of doubt the following is the statistics of the officers retired compulsorily; 9 Major Generals, 10 Brigadier Generals, 7 Colonels, 11 Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.
“We are quite aware that some mischievous elements are trying to whip up sentiments. This is quite unfortunate because all the affected officers were retired based on Service exigencies and in line with the Armed Forces Act, CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“It is pertinent to remind all that the Nigerian Army is a professional institution that is based on highest standards of discipline and conduct. Consequently it’s personnel must remain professional, neutral and apolitical at all times.”