The Nigerian Army on Wednesday stated that the soldiers apprehended for the bullion van robbery in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State are not its personnel.
Naija News had earlier reported that Nigeria Police detectives arrested seven armed robbers, including two soldiers – one serving, one dismissed for alleged robbery.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations in 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, while reacting to the report, in a statement released on Wednesday, noted that the two soldiers arrested are not with the command.
He further stated that the suspects in the bullion van robbery are not serving in any of Nigerian Army’s units, commands, formations or divisions.
“The attention of Headquarters 82 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to an online publication on the unfortunate Bullion Van Robbery incident at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on July 29 which led to the arrest of two suspected dismissed soldiers and other gangsters involved in the act.”
“It is necessary to inform the public that the so-called soldiers in the report are not personnel of the Nigerian Army since 2015 and 2018 when both Corporal Ayeni Samuel and Corporal Emeka Harrison were dismissed.”
“Available record shows that Dismissed 03NA/53/088 Corporal Ayeni Samuel was dismissed in 2018 for desertion and pipeline vandalism at 174 Battalion.”
“The dismissed soldier was attached to 174 Battalion from Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja for United Nations mission in the year 2013.”
”Dismissed Corporal Ayeni deserted the Unit and was later arrested for pipeline vandalism at Ikorodu in Lagos State in 2018.”
“In line with Nigerian Army extant rules and regulations, Ayeni was officially tried and awarded dismissed regiment as a Corporal and not Sergeant; as claimed in the online story.”
“Also, dismissed Corporal Emeka Harrison was tried and dismissed regiment from 7 Division Garrison, Maiduguri since 2015,” Yusuf said.