The Nigerian Army has released a statement on the death of late Major Udiandeye Jeremiah Udiadenye who died by committing suicide.
Naija News reports the Army in a statement by its spokesperson Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachuwkwu said the authorities of the Nigerian Army are deeply concerned by his death and the circumstances surrounding his demise.
The statement added that until his death, Udiandeye was the Commanding Officer of 167 Special Forces Battalion at Giri in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Onyema in the statement released on Tuesday evening however rejected some reports in the media that the late commander committed suicide because he was being interrogated or investigated by a military court martial in 1 Division, Kaduna.
The Army spokesperson added that Udiadenye was a fine officer who never needed to face a disciplinary process as he had an unblemished career.
He urged members of the public to disregard the rumours about a court-martial incident, adding that a board of inquiry has been set up to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death after which appropriate action will be taken.
The full statement entitled; LATE MAJOR UJ UDIANDEYE HAD AN UNBLEMISHED CAREER, WAS NEVER COURT MARTIALED BEFORE HIS DEMISE’ reads: “The Nigerian Army (NA) has observed an obnoxious insinuation making the rounds on social media, alleging that late Major Udiandeye Jeremiah Udiadenye, terminated his life through suicide, because he was being interrogated or investigated by a military court martial in 1 Division, Kaduna.
“Having lost one of its finest officers, the authorities of the Nigerian Army feel deeply concerned that unscrupulous persons under whatever guise would employ such sad occurrence to malign their own Army.
“Nevertheless, for the sake of posterity, it needs be mentioned that the late senior officer had an unblemished career in the military and never needed to face any disciplinary process.
“Until his demise, he was the Commanding Officer of 167 Special Forces Battalion at Giri in the FCT from where he led special operations to various commands including 1 Division.
“An appropriate Board of Inquiry has been instituted to ascertain what led to the tragic incident and its report will guide the NA on subsequent actions and measures to take to forestall a recurrence.
“The NA belongs to the Nigerian people and remains obligated to work along established guidelines as a responsible corporate entity. The general public is urged to disregard the ignorant piece making the rounds please.”