The Nigerian Army has retired Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh over his role in the last governorship election in Ekiti State in 2014.
Minister of Defence, Dan Ali, disclosed the plan to end General Momoh’s military career in an exclusive interview in Washington, DC.
Ali was in the US as part of the Nigerian delegation to a nuclear power summit convened by President Barack Obama of the United States of America.
According to Vanguard, the defence minister revealed that the army decided to initiate the process of rusticating General Momoh, who was indicted last year by a military panel. General Momoh led a contingent of soldiers and other security agencies, to Ekiti State and reportedly intimidated voters and inhibited the movement of officials of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in a broad strategy reportedly approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan to enable Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to defeat the then incumbent Governor Kayode Fayemi.
A former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, was allegedly used as a conduit to transfer huge sums of money for the election.
Army Acting Director of Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, also confirmed to the newspaper last night that Brigadier Momoh had been retired from the Army.