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Nigerian Army dismisses soldiers allegedly involved in theft at Dangote Refinery

Nigerian Army dismisses soldiers allegedly involved in theft at Dangote Refinery

By Ojochenemi Onje

The Nigerian Army has dismissed two soldiers involved in the theft of armoured cables at the Dangote Refinery premises on April 14, 2024.

Innocent Joseph, a Corporal and Jacob Gani, a Lance Corporal were relieved of their duties and handed over to relevant authorities for further prosecution.

According to Onyema Nwachukwu, the director of army public relations, this action underscored the Nigerian Army’s zero-tolerance policy for misconduct and criminal behaviour within its ranks.

“The dismissal serves as a demonstration of the Army’s commitment to maintaining institutional integrity and reputation”, he said.

Nwachukwu highlighted that the decision to dismiss the soldiers followed a thorough investigation conducted in collaboration with the refinery management.

The soldiers were found to have abandoned their duty posts and were in unauthorized possession of the materials in question.

The dismissed soldiers, Innocent Joseph and Jacob Gani, were charged for Failure to Perform Military Duties under section 57, sub-section (1), and Other Civil Offenses under section 114, sub-section (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20, the Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

They were summarily tried, given the opportunity to present their cases and defend themselves, but were ultimately found guilty of the charges following military laws.

The Nigerian Army reaffirmed its commitment to upholding integrity, discipline, and accountability at all levels.

Nwachukwu stated, “We remain resolute in our duty to protect and serve the nation with honour and dignity.”

The Army further urged the public to continue supporting its efforts in safeguarding national security and promoting peace and stability across the nation.