Lieutenant Colonel unjustly dismissed by Nigerian Army dies while awaiting justice

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One of the officers controversially dismissed by the Nigerian Army for alleged partisanship in the 2015 general elections is dead.

Ojebo Baba-Ochankpa died while waiting for justice after he and other affected officers petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari.

The deceased went to bed hale on Monday but died before dawn on Tuesday, his brother, Paul Ochankpa, told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Ochankpa was dismissed without any query, trial or indictment, and the President from whom he sought redress in accordance with the law, did not act on his petition for months.

He died in the United Kingdom where he had been since last year, according to his brother who added that the officer was never sick “at all” before his passing.

The deceased was studying for a Master’s degree at Coventry University “to keep himself busy, while waiting for redress after petitioning the President,” one of his colleagues told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Ochankpa, forced out of service as a lieutenant colonel, was one of the 38 officers compulsorily retired by the Army Council in June 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Although in their compulsory retirement letters, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, specific reasons for their retirement was not stated; the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a brigadier-general, hinted that the officers were fired on the grounds of arms procurement fraud and professional misconduct in the 2015 elections.

But PREMIUM TIMES uncovered specific reasons given for the compulsory retirement of some of the affected officers, including Mr. Ochankpa, after reviewing court documents filed by the Army at the National Industrial Court in the suit filed by the affected officers.

Mr. Ochankpa, former commanding officer, 343 Air Defence Artillery RegimentElele, Rivers State, was accused of partisanship in the 2015 elections.

However, investigations by this newspaper revealed that the Army ignored its own rules in dismissing  Mr. Ochankpa and most of the affected officers.

They were dismissed without query or indictment by any panel but for reasons that appeared to smack of arbitrariness and witch-hunt by Army authorities.

After the controversial exercise, Mr. Ochankpa and 21 other affected officers separately exploited the window provided by Paragraph 09.02(e) of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service for Officers to petition President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking reinstatement.

Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin
Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin

Their petitions were transmitted to the Presidency in July 2016 by the Chief of Defence Staff.

Seven months after, none of the petitioners has received response from Mr. Buhari, leaving their fates hanging in the balance.

Mr. Ochankpa died Tuesday while still awaiting presidential action on his appeal.


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  • Imam OLODO

    While Imam OLODO was still alive he refused to reverse the wrongful dismissal of this Soldier because of the Soldier’s tribal Igbo marks…and now the man has died. I am sure he will take Buhari to court on the other side.

    • partafamilias trippi

      You mean Chinakwe’s dog?

    • Julius

      So, he also dismissed the Yoruba, IJaw and the hausas on the list because of tribal marks ?

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  • Lawrence Azubuike

    What is it with Premiumtimes and all this Nigerian Army stories.

  • Up Biafra!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where is @tundemash @Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan et al? They can now rejoice and go for complete treatment. A Biafran Professor – Maduike Ezeibe has just discovered the total cure for HIV/AIDS. Tune to BBC, VON, Al-Jazera, CBC, AP etc…it is all over the waves.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      Yeah been following the research for years. Lets wait for clinical trials. But his concept is for real. We in the nanosciences field know it can work if gotten right.

      • Julius

        You in the nanosciences field ? I be think say na Bs ( Bull shit) field u dey..lolz. Good luck sir, respect !

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          Thanks. I schooled and worked in the LCN king cross. I came back to Nigeria to contribute to our knowledge and economy. And in Nigeria the law on designing and implementation of new technology is friendly.

          • Julius

            Cool, much luck and success !!

    • Julius

      lolz, do you know how many people that claimed to have discovered a total cure for HIV/AIDS ?. I hope its 4real then we will all congratulate and praise him.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        True.. Tho this guys method will work if his calculations are accurate. Nano sciences is the future of human health and scientific advancement. Nanoscientist we know this.

        • Julius

          IF .. key word. Lets wish him success !

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            yeah..

      • Suleiman Alatise

        Yeah, that’s correct, Dr Abalaka also did, and the rest is history.

        • Julius

          So were some quack Prof/researchers/drs here in the US as well. Even a pastor got into the action, bet he made some dough too !

          • ’70

            Even Yaya Jammeh of blessed memory

          • Julius

            lol@Even Yaya Jammeh of blessed memory. Really ?. Blessed memory too ? lolz

          • ’70

            LOL, Wetin man go talk?

          • Julius

            You don finish am oo. No kill me with with laffter abeg. lolz

    • Julius

      What about CNN, FOX AND MSNBC ?

      • Otile

        You sound like Kasimu Buruji.

        • Julius

          Oh really ? I thought that you said I’m a Hausa/Fulani man. We are making progress here ! No, I can never sound like him. I detest folks like him.

  • Buhari sleeping on the petition as usual. This is his way of hitting ground running

  • Iskacountryman

    was he a xtian?…dismissed…

  • Julius

    lolz. You be trouble maker oo. Bawo ni nkan jare .