The Headquarters 81 Division Nigeria Army on Sunday threatened to disqualify any officer caught indulging in any form of examination malpractices as it began a major practical promotional examination.
The Army announced the commencement of the promotional examination for 62 captains in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Examination President, Major General Lucky Irabor, said this while addressing the examination panel and candidates at the Alamala Barracks in Abeokuta.
He said erring officers would be disqualified and serious disciplinary action would be taken against them.
He said, “Any candidate caught indulging in any form of examination malpractice would be disqualified on the spot. He would be returned to unit and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against him/her.
“It is an offence for any candidate to be late to any of the scheduled parades. Lateness by 10 minutes automatically disqualifies you from taking a paper.”
Irabor said the examination was aimed at preparing the captain towards the attainment of junior staff course while improving their knowledge and standard in the military profession.
He noted that the captains would be tested in five areas – tactics and low intensity conflict; map reading; communication; staff duties and French language.
He added, “Candidate must obtain 50 per cent in each subject and 60 per cent aggregate to pass the examination. It means that if you score 70 per cent overall and 49 per cent in one subject, you have failed.
“I would like to assure you that my team is not here to fail any of you. On the contrary, you are the ones to determine your fate by displaying the requisite level of preparation, confidence and composure during the defence of your solutions.”
In his remarks, the General Officer Commanding the 81 Division, Maj. Gen. Godwin Omelo, advised the candidates to adhere to the examination rules.
The GOC who was represented by the Commander of the 35 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General also advised the candidates not to take their personal security for granted.
He added, “We have seen a rise in attacks on Army officers. Take your personal security seriously. Don’t move anyhow, if it is not important, you don’t need to leave the barracks.”