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Army dismisses 2 soldiers for stealing cables from Dangote Refinery




Two soldiers, Corporal Innocent Joseph and Lance Corporal Jacob Gani, have been dismissed from the Nigerian Army over involvement in the disappearance of armoured cables at the Dangote Refinery.

Director of Army Public Relations Major General Onyema Nwachukwu who made this known in a statement on Monday, said their dismissal “is a demonstration of NA’s zero-tolerance for misconduct and criminality within its ranks” adding that “the two soldiers are to be handed over to relevant authorities for further prosecution”.

“They 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.

“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”.

The statement further reads, “In line with Nigerian Army’s (NA) commitment to upholding high standard of professionalism, integrity and discipline, the NA wishes to update the general public on the outcome of the investigation into the alleged theft of armoured cables at the Dangote Refinery premises on 14th April 2024, involving Corporal Innocent Joseph and Lance Corporal Jacob Gani.

“Sequel to a thorough investigation conducted in collaboration with the management of the company, the two soldiers were found to have abandoned their duty post and to be in unauthorized possession of the materials.

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