Army will look into soldiers suspected of stealing from Dangote Refinery

Apr 18, 2024 | Security | 0 comments

The Nigerian Army has announced its intention to investigate two soldiers allegedly involved in a reported theft incident at the Dangote Refinery in Lagos.

In a statement on Wednesday, Army spokesman Major General Onyema Nwachukwu expressed deep concern about the alleged involvement of the soldiers in the incident.

Describing the incident as “totally unacceptable and highly regrettable,” Nwachukwu emphasized that it does not reflect the ethics and values of the Nigerian Army (NA).

According to preliminary investigations, the two soldiers were reportedly hired by a civilian contractor known as Mr. Smart, who claimed to be retrieving armoured cables left behind on the refinery’s premises.

However, as they approached the security post, Mr. Smart fled the scene, leaving the soldiers behind.

Further investigations are ongoing to fully establish the extent of the soldiers’ involvement in the incident.

The stolen cables have been recovered and are currently in safe custody. The Army is collaborating closely with the Dangote Refinery management to conduct a thorough investigation.

Nwachukwu reassured the public that appropriate disciplinary measures would be taken against the culprits, emphasizing that the Army does not condone any form of criminality among its personnel.

He affirmed the Army’s commitment to upholding key values such as discipline, integrity, and accountability within its ranks.

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