The Nigerian Army has assured the people of Borno State and the nation at large that any allegations of misconduct by Nigerian Army troops would be duly investigated and culprits would be dealt with accordingly.
This is coming in a swift reaction to an online publication on 6 January 2020 by Premium Times as well as some amateur video clips circulating on some social media platforms where the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum was alleged to have accused soldiers of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed along Maiduguri – Damaturu Road of extorting commuters and causing them unnecessary hardship.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Colonel Aminu Iliyasu.
The statement said the Nigerian Army as a professional and disciplined institution views such allegations seriously, particularly coming from a State Executive.
The Army said thorough investigations would be carried out and where any infractions were established against any personnel, appropriate sanctions would be applied in line with extant rules and regulations as provided for in the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
It however observed that public outburst particularly by eminent personalities such as a State Executive could be counterproductive and capable of reversing the gains recorded so far in the ongoing fight against insurgents and other criminal elements across the nation.
The Army therefore reiterate its steadfastness on the protection of lives, property of all law abiding citizens as it is committed to wiping out insurgency in the North East and other forms of criminality across the country.
It says citizens’ continuous support and cooperation is highly appreciated, that the public should not relent in reporting any observed misconduct by troops through a toll – free code 193 for immediate remedy.
In another development, the Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has paid tribute to headquarters of the Nigerian Army for the swiftness with which the army announced readiness to immediately investigate conducts involving stop and search of passengers around Njimtilo.
Zulum spoke in reaction to a statement issued by the coordinator of the Army’s operations’ media, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu.
The Governor said the speedy response from the army headquarters only reaffirms what every Nigerian already knows about the exceptional leadership credentials of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and many others that have done so much for Borno and Nigeria.
He said the swift reaction reaffirms the exceptional leadership style of the Chief of Army Staff, leadership of the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole and many officers and men that have given so much in trying to find peace in Borno.