Following media reports that there are plans to dismiss senior officers in its rank, the Nigerian Airforce has denied having any plans to carryout such exercise.
In a statement sent to journalists NAF says the report is unfounded and did not emanate from them.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and other senior NAF officers
Part of the statement read: ”The publication alleged that the NAF is at the verge of retiring a number of senior officers connected with the ongoing investigation of arms purchase under the immediate past administration.
”It is pertinent to state that this story is unfounded and did not emanate from the NAF.”
The report had quoted a source in NAF saying the retirement of the senior Air Force officers will signal the full commencement of their trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which has since been investigating some of them.
The source said: ”The process on their exit from the Nigerian Air Force has been concluded. What is left is formal announcement of their disengagement.
”There is no way the indicted officers can stay in the force when they are being tried for corruption cases in court.
”Some of them have been arrested by the EFCC and kept in custody. Some of them have been detained at a military formation. So, there is no way they can be in the service.
”There are other officers whose names were not in the list of indicted officers made public by the audit panel, but they have been found culpable in corruption related offences.
”From feelers, there are about 40 officers to be retired including eight AVMs. I’m sure they will all be retired this month.”
The report also stated that the affected senior officers were indicted in the report of the presidential audit of the arms procurement between 2007 and 2015.
The Nigerian Army last week, dismissed 37 senior officers for what the Army authorities describe as their alleged partisan role in the 2015 general elections, offences in defence contracts and Ekiti elections.
In a related development, In another development, some of the officers affected in the recent Army retirement exercise, said the military authorities acted as per sectional and political considerations.