By Kolade Gbolagade
It appears the last is yet to be heard of the controversies surrounding the 2014 gubernatorial elections in Osun and Ekiti states. The Nigerian Army on Tuesday announced the setting up an high-powered Board of Inquiry (BOI) to investigate allegations of serious malpractices involving its personnel and to review the involvement of its formations/units and their officials in elections and other duties in aid of civil authority according to Nigerian online news media, SaharaReporters.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Army’s Acting Director of Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.
Colonel Usman said that the Board will investigate the alleged unprofessional and unethical conduct of some its personnel during the Ekiti and Osun States’ Gubernatorial Elections, as well as other elections which the Military was directly involved.
SaharaReporters had in February published an exclusive story about how some leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in collusion with some soldiers led by one Brigadier-General Aliyu Momoh, the commander of the 32nd Artillery Brigade stationed in Ekiti State during the election, allegedly rigged the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun States in 2014.
The controversial SaharaReporters report which included documents and audio recordings providing substantial courageously prepared and provided by Sagir Koli, a Captain stationed in Ekiti State who accompanied Brigadier General Momoh to a key PDP planning meeting in Ado-Ekiti on 20th June 2014 ahead of the Ekiti election won by the current governor, Ayodele Fayose. The meeting involved Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, Iyiola Omisore, Jelili Adesiyan, Omobolanle Oluwo, Wasiu Kayode Bawa-Allah and a crew of Nigerian Army officers led by Brig. General Momoh. Captain Koli fled the country for safety since his “revelations”, but his teenage secondary school brother was arrested and tortured by the Army officials.
Col Umar maintained that the investigation became necessary in the light of the Army trying to prevent future unprofessional conduct by officers and men in the discharge of the constitutional roles of protecting Nigerian sovereignty and enhancing cordial civil-military relations by strengthening stronger democratic values.