- A Nigerian soldier has been arrested for possessing unauthorized ammunition in a motor park
- The arrested soldier was heading to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja when he was arrested by eagle-eyed motor park officials
- The Nigerian Army says its personnel arrested was not issued a pass to travel
An exclusive report by Premium Times indicates that a Nigerian Army personnel, Sanni Mohammed, has been arrested with two boxes containing about 2,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
According to the report, the soldier, a lance corporal, was arrested at the Borno Express park in Maiduguri on Monday, May 3.
He was said to have been arrested by officials of the Borno state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) at the park as he was about to board a bus to Abuja.
The NURTW officials later handed the suspect to operatives of the Borno state police command.
Sources quoted in the report say the soldier, attached to 198 Special Forces Battalion, had just been relieved from duties at Damasak town in Borno state, after recently obtaining a sick report.
The army has since told the police that the soldier was not issued a pass or given medical leave to travel.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the arrest of the soldier via social media.
Legit.ng monitored some of the comments by citizens on its official Facebook page.
Babatunde Adewale Glorious wrote:
“That's what happens when you pardon terrorists and infuse them into the Nigerian army.”
Emeka Nwoko wrote:
“He is working with powers that be. They will soon sweep the case under the carpet. This is Nigeria, where anything goes.”
Mubarak Ibraheem wrote:
“Illegal transportation of ammunition is punishment by death in developed countries.”
Lawal Amma wrote:
“Guess he stole them in Borno to sell somewhere. This is the result of recruitment based on godfatherism.”
Meanwhile, a data analyst and journalist, Rotimi Sankore has taken to his Twitter page to give reasons why Nigerian governments at all levels are failing to address the mounting insecurity in the country.
According to him, Nigeria is failing to address the problems due to:
1. Bandits and extremists have plenty of recruits
2. 100 million citizens are in extreme poverty
3. 60 million citizens are unable to read or write
4. 10 million to 13 million children are out of school
5. Unemployment rate is at 33%
In a related development, the British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, has described Nigeria’s security situation as massively complex, stressing that no partnership would resolve the multiplicity of the country’s problems.
Duddridge made the comments while responding to questions from journalists attached to Nigeria's ministry of foreign affairs.
The British minister had visited his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday, April 27 to discuss matters of interest between both countries when he was accosted by the reporters.