The Nigerian Military has stated that the troopers arrested for bullion van theft in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State should not its personnel, NAN studies.
DAILY POST had reported that the Nigeria Police detectives arrested seven armed robbers, together with two troopers – one serving, one dismissed for alleged theft of a bullion van in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Reacting, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, Deputy Director, Military Public Relations in 82 Division of the Nigerian Military, in a press release made out there to newsmen on Wednesday in Enugu acknowledged that the 2 troopers arrested should not with the command.
Based on him, the 2 alleged troopers should not serving in any of Nigerian Military’s models, instructions, formations or divisions.
“The eye of Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Military has been drawn to on-line publication on the unlucky Bullion Van Theft incident at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on July 29 which led to the arrest of two suspected dismissed troopers and different gangsters concerned within the act.
“It’s crucial to tell the general public that the so-called troopers within the report should not personnel of the Nigerian Military since 2015 and 2018 when each Corporal Ayeni Samuel and Corporal Emeka Harrison had been dismissed.
“Out there report reveals that Dismissed 03NA/53/088 Corporal Ayeni Samuel was dismissed in 2018 for desertion and pipeline vandalism at 174 Battalion.
“The dismissed soldier was connected to 174 Battalion from Command Day Secondary Faculty, Ikeja for United Nations mission within the 12 months 2013.
”Dismissed Corporal Ayeni abandoned the Unit and was later arrested for pipeline vandalism at Ikorodu in Lagos State in 2018.
“Consistent with Nigerian Military extant guidelines and laws, Ayeni was formally tried and awarded dismissed regiment as a Corporal and never Sergeant; as claimed within the on-line story.
“Additionally, dismissed Corporal Emeka Harrison was tried and dismissed regiment from 7 Division Garrison, Maiduguri since 2015,” Yusuf stated.