BREAKING NEWS: Nigerian Army Dismisses Two Soldiers

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The Nigerian Army High Command on Monday announced the dismissal of two soldiers over alleged theft of armoured cables at the Dangote Refinery premises in Lagos on 14th April this year.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu.

According to the statement, this was in line with the Nigerian Army’s (NA) commitment to upholding high standards of professionalism, integrity and discipline.

It stated that “sequel to a thorough investigation conducted in collaboration with the management of the company, the two soldiers involved, Corporal Innocent Joseph and Lance Corporal Jacob Gani were found to have abandoned their duty post and to be in unauthorized possession of the materials.

According to it, “subsequently, they were both charged for Failure to Perform Military Duties punishable under section 57, subsection (1) and Other Civil Offences punishable under section 114, subsection (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20, the Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“They were summarily tried. During the trial, the evidence against them was presented and they were given the opportunity to present their cases and defend themselves, but were however found guilty of the charges levelled against them in accordance with military laws.

“As a demonstration of NA’s zero-tolerance for misconduct and criminality within its ranks, the two soldiers have been dismissed from the NA with immediate effect and handed over to relevant authorities for further prosecution.

“This decisive action underscores the NA’s resoluteness in maintaining its institutional integrity and reputation.

“The NA reassures the general public of its dedication to upholding integrity, discipline and accountability at all levels. We remain resolute in our duty to protect and serve the nation with honour and dignity.

It urged the public to continue to support the efforts of the Nigerian Army in safeguarding national security and promoting peace and stability across the nation.

Credit: Nigerian Tribune

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