Nigerian Soldiers Sacked For Stealing Anti-Boko Haram Money

Lagos – Nigeria’s army says it is firing many senior officers accused of corruption and stealing billions of dollars meant to buy arms to fight the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency.

Army spokesperson Colonel Sani Kukesheka Usman says “quite a number” were sacked on Friday, mainly major generals, brigadier generals, colonels, lieutenant colonels and one major.

He says some were handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting billions meant to buy weapons. He says others played partisan roles in the 2015 elections.

Usman did not name those fired in a statement on Saturday.

Among officers on trial for corruption is former chief of defence staff Alex Badeh.

President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed corruption for the previous government’s failures to curb the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency centred in the northeast.