Leaked Document unfortunately Reveals Army Inquiry Board tried Capt. Koli for Exposing Rigging in Ekiti

February 13, 2015 4:43 pm

New documents exclusively leaked to Sahara Reporters authoritatively
confirm that Brigadier General A.A. Momoh, the Commander of the 32nd
Artillery Brigade, convened a Board of Inquiry (BOI) to investigate
Captain Sagir Koli, the conscientious whistleblower who exposed the 2014
plan by which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rigged the Ekiti
gubernatorial election.

Captain Koli discretely audio-taped a meeting between army officers and
politicians on June 20 in Ado-Ekiti in the implementation of the plan,
which returned Ayodele Fayose.

General Momoh was the senior army officer who allegedly acted on behalf
of the Chief of Army Staff in the rigging plan. At least two of the
politicians involved claimed on the tape to have been acting on behalf
of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The new documents show that Brig. General Momoh convened the panel, in his words:
“to investigate the circumstance that led Capt. SI
Koli (N/12074) to abscond from his place of duty on 1 Aug 14 and still
remain absent while deployed for security duty during the 2014 Osun
State Gubernatorial Election.”

The BOI had six members, led by Col. D. Akama as chairman. General Momoh
said it would sit at a date and time “to be determined by the
president,” but it was not clear whether that meant President Jonathan,
or what president he was referring to.

The panel called nine witnesses, including three from the 32nd Artillery
Brigade, Captain Koli’s regiment. Copies of the findings and opinions
were not part of the leaked documents, but were to be completed and
submitted on August 14, 2014.

It has since emerged that Brig. General Momoh, at about the time that he
convened the BOI, also authorized the illegal abduction and torture of
Capt. Koli’s 15-year old younger brother, Adamu Koli.

In retaliation against his brother, the teenage Adamu was illegally
detained, tortured, starved, and chained to a bed in the military
hospital at Adekunle Fajuyi’s Cantonment (in Lagos?).

Capt. Koli told Sahara Reporters in an exclusive Live interview on
SaharaTV last Saturday that Brig. General Momoh’s objective of abducting
and torturing the teenage Adamu was to lure him out of hiding. The
captain has been in hiding since he first leaked the recordings.

SaharaReporters first released secret audio recordings, a sworn
affidavit, and transcripts of the detailed plan to rig the election.
Other key participants in the plan, and at the election-eve meeting in
Akure, were: Senator Iyiola Omisore; the Minister for Police Affairs,
Jelili Adesiyan; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who was at the time the
Minister of State for Defence; and a man identified as Honorable
Abdulkareem, who claimed to be a member of the National Assembly.

Capt. Koli, as one of the subordinates to Brig. General Momoh,
accompanied the General to the meeting, during which the politicians
bullied and ordered him around. They bribed him with a huge stash of
cash and prospects of promotion if he made the election manipulation
successful. Among others, he was to clamp down and arrest members of the
All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as grant privileges to members
of the PDP involved in the rigging plan.

The cars carrying PDP members on rigging mission had a sticker and no one should stop such cars.

Capt. Koli’s audio recording revealed that Obanikoro was directed to
attend the meeting on special assignment by President Jonathan, who
wanted to make sure that the Ekiti race ended in a PDP victory. It also
revealed, and other statements by Capt. Koli confirmed, that the Ekiti
race was to be the blueprint for electoral manipulation in the Osun
State gubernatorial contest that was to follow in 2014, and later for
the 2015 general elections. It was in the course of that Osun State plan
that General Momoh set up the BOI.

SaharaReporters has repeatedly contacted the presidency, as well as
spokespersons for the army for reaction to our story, but they have yet
to respond to our inquiries.

SaharaReporters has authoritatively learned that in order to stymie
further discussions and stories relating to the exposed Ekiti rigging
saga, President Jonathan has secretly funneled bribes to several
editors, as well as radio and television station chiefs.

Observers say it is curious that neither the presidency nor any of the
security authorities has taken up the Ekiti rigging situation with the
outrage it deserves.

Meanwhile, one of the main culprits, former ambassador to Ghana,
Obanikoro, has been bragging about filing defamation lawsuits against a
number of reporters and newspaper concerns, ostensibly to intimidate
them. He is also quietly bribing members of the Nigerian Senate to
approve his re-nomination by President Jonathan as Minister of state for

SaharaReporters, which broke the story, has certainly not been served.


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