Nigerian Army reacts to alleged collection of N1000 at checkpoints by officers

The Nigerian Army Headquarters has promised to carry out a thorough investigation into the allegation of extortion of commuters by its personnel in Borno with a view to sanctioning them.

This followed an allegation by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno on Monday when he encountered an incident at a military checkpoint along Damaturu-Maiduguri road.

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The governor was reported to have accused soldiers of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed along Maiduguri–Damaturu Road of extorting commuters by collecting N1000 from them and causing them unnecessary hardship.

The Nigerian Army Operations’ Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, in a statement on Tuesday, said Nigerian army as a professional and disciplined institution viewed such allegations seriously, particularly coming from a governor.

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According to him, it is on record that, whenever such allegations of troops’ misconduct were made in the past, the Nigerian Army never reneged in conducting thorough investigations to establish them.

“Where any infractions were established against any personnel, appropriate sanctions were applied in line with extant rules and regulations as provided for in the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

“Thus, the Nigerian Army wishes to assure the good people of Borno State and indeed the nation at large that any allegations of misconduct against its troops will be duly investigated and culprits will be dealt with accordingly,” he said.

Iliyasu said army authorities had, however, observed that such public outbursts, particularly by a state governor, could be counterproductive.

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He added that such outburst was capable of reversing the gains recorded so far in the ongoing fight against insurgents and other criminal elements across the nation.

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