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Nigerian Army dismisses 2 officers for stealing armoured cables from Dangote Refinery

By Joe Udo

The Nigerian Army has dismissed two of its officers involved in the stealing of armoured cables from the newly built Dangote Refinery in Lagos.

CONVERSEER reports that the two army officers, Corporal Innocent Joseph and Lance Corporal Jacob Gani, were dismissed on Monday, 22nd April 2024.

Nigerian Army dismisses 2 officers for stealing armoured cables from Dangote Refinery

According to a statement by Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Nigerian Army Public Relations, the duo were caught stealing the cables on 14th April and were dismissed after an investigation and a trial was conducted on them.

The statement said their dismissal was based on section 57, sub-section (1) and Other Civil Offences punishable under section 114, sub-section (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20, the Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Nigerian Army dismisses 2 officers for stealing armoured cables from Dangote Refinery
L-R: Lance Corporal Jacob Gani and Corporal Innocent Joseph

“In line with Nigerian Army’s (NA) commitment to upholding high standards of professionalism, integrity and discipline, the NA wishes to update the general public on the outcome of the investigation into the alleged theft of armoured cables at the Dangote Refinery premises on 14th April 2024, involving Corporal Innocent Joseph and Lance Corporal Jacob Gani.

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“Sequel to a thorough investigation conducted in collaboration with the management of the company, the two soldiers were found to have abandoned their duty post and to be in unauthorised possession of the materials. Subsequently, they were both charged for Failure to Perform Military Duties punishable under section 57, sub-section (1) and Other Civil Offences punishable under section 114, sub-section (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20, the Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Nigerian Army dismisses 2 officers for stealing armoured cables from Dangote Refinery
Corporal Innocent Joseph

“They were summarily tried. During the trial, the evidence against them was presented and they were given the opportunity to present their cases and defend themselves, but were however found guilty of the charges levelled against them in accordance with military laws.

“As a demonstration of NA’s zero-tolerance for misconduct and criminality within its ranks, the two soldiers have been dismissed from the NA with immediate effect and handed over to relevant authorities for further prosecution.

Nigerian Army dismisses 2 officers for stealing armoured cables from Dangote Refinery
Lance Corporal Jacob Gani

“This decisive action underscores the NA’s resoluteness in maintaining its institutional integrity and reputation.

“The NA reassures the general public of its dedication to upholding integrity, discipline and accountability at all levels. We remain resolute in our duty to protect and serve the nation with honour and dignity.

“We urge the public to continue to support our efforts in safeguarding national security and promoting peace and stability across the nation,” the statement read.

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