Two soldiers arrested for stealing at refinery

The Nigerian Army has identified and arrested two soldiers for stealing at Dangote refinery in Lagos State.

It condemned alleged involvement of two of the personnel involved in the act, but failed to reveal their identities.

Director, Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said this on Wednesday in a statement.

He said, “This act of criminality, which was prevented by the proactive intervention of vigilant troops and private security operatives on duty at the refinery, is totally unacceptable and highly regrettable. It does not, therefore, represent the ethics and values of the Nigerian Army”.

The statement said the unacceptable and highly regrettable act does not represent the ethics and values of the Army.

The Army spokesman said, “the two suspects have been identified and are currently under custody”, while investigation into the crime has commenced.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the two suspects were hired by a civilian contractor simply identified as Mr Smart, who claimed he wanted to recover some Armoured cables he had left behind on the refinery’s premises.

“Unknown to the soldiers, the said contractor, sensing trouble as they approached the security post, excused himself from the vehicle and bolted, leaving them behind.

“Further investigations are ongoing to fully ascertain the depth of culpability of the apprehended soldiers.
Additionally, the stolen cables have been recovered and are in safe custody.

“The Nigerian Army is working closely with the management of the Dangote Refinery to ensure a thorough investigation into this unfortunate incident.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure the general public that appropriate disciplinary measures would be meted out to the culprits, as no act of criminality will be condoned amongst its personnel.

“The NA remains steadfast in ensuring that the key values of discipline and integrity are adequately entrenched amongst its personnel.

“We shall also continue to cultivate and promote dedication and a culture of accountability and ethical behaviour within our ranks”, the statement said.

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