Nigerian authorities confirm court martial of 250 personnel
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Nigerian Army Authority confirmed dismissal of about 250 soldiers from Army School of Infantry Jaji Kaduna Northwest part of the country over gross acts of indiscipline, cowardice and absence without leave.
It could be recalled that 250 dismissed soldiers staged a protest to Nigerian Union of Journalists Secretarial in Kaduna describing their abrupt dismissal as illegal.
But virtually Seven hours after their protest, the Army headquarters described them as unpatriotic personnel.
This was contained in a statement signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman and made available to newsmen.
According to the Army, the protesting soldiers are the few who are recalcitrant to military duties and discipline.
The statement reads. " The attention of Nigerian Army has also been drawn to a set of 250 protesting dismissed soldiers in Nigerian Union of journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, Kaduna pleading through the media to be reabsorbed back again into the Nigerian Army.
"The protesting soldiers were those soldiers dismissed last week by the Nigerian Army over gross acts of indiscipline, cowardice and absence without leave. They were part of the 2,023 dismissed soldiers last year that were earlier reinstated back into the Service by the present Chief of Army Staff.
"However these set of soldiers (the 205) absconded for more than one week when they were told that they were to move to North East on the 6th of January 2016. They started coming back when they realized that others were moved to units other than the theatre of operations in the North East.
" Please note that all efforts were made to make all the reinstated soldiers comfortable and integrate them back into the system.
" The protesting soldiers are the few who are recalcitrant to military duties and discipline. They are simply not interested in army job but want to earn salary. No one should listen to them as they are not patriotic at all.
"It should be noted that the Nigerian Army has been tolerant and patient with their acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conduct. This was based on the understanding of their circumstances and conditions.
" Efforts have been made to retrain them, integrate and give them sense of belonging. However the attitude of some of them has left so much to be desired and would not be tolerated anymore hence their dismissal from Service.
" Nigerian Army thrives on discipline, loyalty and good conduct and if anyone could not measure up to expectation or live by those tenets, he would not be allowed to remain in the system.
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