Retirement: General Sues Nigerian Army

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has slated March 15 for the hearing of two applications challenging the alleged illegal retirement of Major General Ibrahim Sani from the Nigerian Army.

Before the retirement, General Sani was Chief of Transformation and Innovation Centre of the Nigerian Army.

A three-member panel of justices, led by Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya, on Wednesday adjourned to enable the new counsel to Sani, Magaji Mahmoud (SAN), file the relevant processes.
The court was billed to hear an application for an order compelling the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Burutai; and the Judge Advocate of the Nigerian Army Court Martial, Colonel S.I. Musa, to produce the records of the proceedings of the Special Court Martial that recommended the applicant for sack before the court and an application seeking to stay the execution of the decision of the army panel.

Counsel to the Nigerian Army, Akinlolu Kehinde (SAN), initially opposed the application on the grounds that the army was ready to go on with the application.

Kehinde, however, agreed with the justices that the adjournment would be in the interest of justice.

Earlier, counsel to Sani, Paul Sule, had written the Nigerian Army to produce the record of proceedings of the Special Court Martial, while informing it that the justices of the Court of Appeal had “on Tuesday the 12th Day of December 2017 directed parties to maintain status quo ante bellum.”

He added: “It is therefore only pertinent that we point out that nothing must be done by either of the parties to the pending application for stay of execution which will or has the effect or tendency to render the application nugatory or foist upon the Court of Appeal a hopeless and or helpless situation.”

The Eagle Online


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