2 soldiers dismissed for stealing electric cables

Two soldiers, Corporal Innocent Joseph and Lance Corporal Jacob Gani have been dismissed from the Nigerian Army for stealing electric cables at Dangote refinery premises in Lagos State.

Director, Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu gave the update on Monday in a statement,
said the dismissal is with immediate effect while the duo will be handed over to relevant authorities for further prosecution.

This followed the outcome of the investigation between the Army and Management of the company into the incident that occured on 14th April 2024 in line with Nigerian Army’s (NA) commitment to upholding high standard of professionalism, integrity and discipline.

The Army said, “the soldiers were both charged for failure to Perform Military Duties punishable under section 57, sub section (1) and Other Civil Offences punishable under section 114, sub section (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20, the Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.

Director, Army Public Relations said, “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”.

“The Nigerian Army 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 honor and dignity.

“We urge the public to continue to support our efforts in safeguarding national security and promoting peace and stability across the nation”, which the Army said underscores the its resolve in maintaining its institutional integrity and reputation.

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