The 38 senior army officers compulsorily retired were given fair hearing before, Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali has said.
Some of the affected officers had said that they were not informed of any allegation of wrongdoing on their part.
But Dan-Ali, while fielding questions from journalists at the National Defence College (NDC) yesterday in Abuja, said the retired officers were those indicted in one way or the other on both professional and monetary corruption.
He said: “What I mean by professional corruption, I mean if you are partisan you are professionally corrupt and you will be asked to go, so that is exactly what happened, so all those that were indicted were asked to go.”
“Of course they were given fair hearing, they were called by a board and they went and testified. Don’t forget that in the military there is no half way of doing things, the moment you are found wanting, you have to succumb and you will go.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army yesterday described figures and names said to be of the retired army officers published by some media houses as unethical and unfair.
A statement by Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said: “only 38 senior officers were affected by the retirement exercise.”
He added that the statistics of the officers retired compulsorily include; 9 Major Generals, 10 Brigadier Generals, 7 Colonels, 11 Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.