Less than two weeks after resuming as he Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouq Tukur has authorized the Nigerian Military to discharge 3, 040 troops for a variety of misbehavior and indiscipline, including desertion, possession of hard drugs, rape, and murder.
Some of the reasons cited for the soldiers' sack include cowardice, forgery, poor performance, disobedience to orders, absence from duty, as well as refusal to complete the military duty.
A reliable news source also revealed that others were fired for conspiracies, stealing, impersonation, rape, assault, unauthorized prisoner release, and cheating.
The personnel's names were included in a 90- page document titled "List of troops sacked from the Nigerian Army," which the Nigerian Army released in Abuja on Friday. The period of dismissal was indicated in the paper.
Over 20 others were fired for having foreign spouses, pregnancy without marriage, attempting to have intercourse with a colleague's wife, attending civilian burials in military uniforms, negligence, loss of ammunition, rifle theft, sleeping on duty, and traveling without a pass, among other things.
According to the statement released by Nigerian Army spokesperson, Mohammed Yarima, a brigadier general, noted that "Sgt. Abdullahi Usman was fired for going on leave without permission, Samson Tart was fired for attempted rape, and L/Corporals Thlama Jaduwa and Ujah Stephen was sacked for illegal duty and indiscipline. "
"Cpl Nande Samson and Cpl Julius Abiodun were dismissed For 4 days absence and disobedience to order, while Akaa Abani and Daniel Timothy, were discharged for possession of Indian hemp."
"L/Cpl Kareem Umoru, who was discharged due to an accident, L/Cpl Ofodile Chuka for misconduct, Abdullahi Danladi for extortion, L/Cpl Doris Ozah disobedience to a standing order, Cpl Taofeek Alagbala and Pte Alexander Goji were also on the list for forgery."
"Pets Kingsley Obumneke and James Joseph were also discharged for misfiring, Ishiali Franklin and Cpl. Abdullahi Mohammed were sacked for failure to perform military duty."
"Pte Danlamin Garba was fired for despicable behavior, while Mohammed Ibrahim and Aliyu Dangaladima were fired for stealing."
"Ankpande, Pte Simeon was fired for attempted murder, while Ibrahim Magaji, Echeji Abraham, Bashiru Bello, Kole Lawal, James Jeremiah, Ameh Ameh, Aliyu Abdullahi, Ilya James, and Ado Ali were fired for intoxication."
"Ipinyomi Emmanuel, and James Itodo, were both fired for stealing fuel from an Armoured Personnel Carrier."
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has reaffirmed its commitment by addressing a variety of security concerns across the country.
The remarks were made by Maj. Gen. Danjumma Ali- Keffi, General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna, at the passing out of 80 regular recruit intakes at the Nigerian Army Zaria Depot on Saturday.
The military has been combating different security issues caused by Boko Haram terrorists, armed bandits, kidnappers, and other criminal elements, according to the Nigerian News Agency.
The army "shall not rest on our oars until this country is safe for all of us, " Ali- Keffi said.
"The Nigerian Army has been tasked by recruiting able-bodied people into soldiers to meet the Nigerian Army's manpower requirements.
"In light of the enormous issues confronting our beloved country.
"Significantly, the Nigerian Army's strength has been enhanced by 6, 400 able-bodied men and women. "