By Kingsley Omonobi, Abuja
The Nigeria Army yesterday released promotions of its 2-star Generals after a marathon meeting by the Army Council headed by President Goodluck Jonathan who was represented by Defence minister, Adetokunbo Kayode.
The promotions came just as the Army hierarchy granted pardon to the 27 soldiers who, on return from peacekeeping operations in Liberia , were convicted for mutiny by a military court martial in Akure last year for embarking on a violent protest over their allowances.
Among those promoted to the rank of Major General are the General Officer Commanding 81 division of the Nigeria Army, Lagos, Brigadier General Kenneth Minimah, former Principal General Staff Officer to the Mnister of Defence, Brigadier General Cecil Esekhaigbe and the Commander, Corps of Finance and Accounts, Brigadier General Muraina.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, in a statement listed the other newly promoted officers as the Chairman, Military Pensions Board, Brigadier General Bitrus Kwaji; Director of Military Intelligence Brigadier General SY Audu; and the Corps Commander, Nigeria Army Armoured Corps, Brigadier General AB Marwa.
Also promoted to 2-star Generals are the General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Nigeria army, Brigadier General MD Abubakar, Commander, Corps of Signals, Brigadier General OAC Ariahu, Deputy Commandant, National Defence College , Brigadier General OS Adeosun and the Commander, 23 Brigade, Brigadier General J.O. Nwaogbo.
For the Brigadier General cadre, Commander, Guards Brigade, Col. EJ Atewe is now a Brigadier General.
Regarding the soldiers who were convicted for mutiny by military court martial in Akure last year, Olukolade said, “They have been granted pardon.
The decision which was the outcome of the Army Council sitting in Abuja today also commuted muted the sentences on the soldiers from imprisonment to discharge from military service”.
“The Council also approves that the soldiers be paid all their due entitlements while those entitled to pension among them will also receive their dues accordingly”.