Nigeria has ordered 50 military generals to retire from service with immediate effect

The order was handed down by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Leo Irabor.

Those affected cut across the Air Force, Army and Navy; around 25 of the senior officers are in the Army.

The CDS gave the directive at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja today, Monday, during  a meeting where he thanked them for their service and told all present that it was high time they left office.

It would be recalled that the same CDS, Irabor recently intervened in the 2016 forceful retirement of 38 Army officers via a letter (Ref. No. CDS/8/A) to Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi, a retired Major General.

They were asked to go in June 2016, an action described as arbitrary by those affected, security personnel, experts and Nigerians.

Till date, the military and the federal government are yet to comply with extant court judgments ordering the officers’ reabsorption.

In January 2020, Justice Rukiya Hasstrup at National Industrial Court in Abuja faulted the Army decision and directed their reinstatement.

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