BREAKING: Nigerian Army Replies Sheikh Gumi over Allegations of Troops Colluding with Bandits

BREAKING: Nigerian Army Replies Sheikh Gumi over Allegations of Troops Colluding with Bandits

  • The Nigerian Army has tackled Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over his allegation that some soldiers are conniving with bandits
  • Onyema Nwachukwu, Army's spokesman, described the allegation as an attempt to denigrate the military and undermine the sacrifices of the troops
  • Nevertheless, the Army said it will not condone any form of sabotage on the part of the personnel and vowed to deal ruthlessly with anyone found guilty

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FCT, Abuja - The Nigerian Army has dismissed Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s allegation that its personnel were colluding with bandits terrorising the northern part of the country.

Army's spokesman, Onyema Nwachukwu, said this in a statement released on Wednesday evening, June 23, Daily Nigerian reported.

Nigerian Army Tackles Sheikh Gumi over Allegations of Troops Colluding with Bandits
Nigerian Army says Sheikh Gumi's allegations of troops colluding with bandits targetted at denigrating the military. Photo credit: HQ Nigerian Army
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Gumi, a respected Islamic cleric, had made the allegations when he appeared as a guest on ARISE earlier on Wednesday.

However, in his response, Nwachukwu said the Nigerian Army remained a symbol of national unity that has discharged its constitutional responsibilities in the most professional manner in line with global best practices, Vanguard also reported.

He said that army personnel had always adhered to the rules of engagement and protection of the fundamental human rights of the citizenry.

Gumi's allegation an attempt to denigrate Nigerian military

The Army's spokesperson said Sheikh Gumi's sweeping allegation is not only sad and unfortunate but a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of the patriotic troops who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country.

Nevertheless, the Nigerian Army admitted that there could be some bad eggs in the service but vowed to ensure any personnel conniving with the criminals will be severely dealt with.

The statement read partly:

“It is essential to remind ourselves that these same military, being accused of connivance, are the ones who recently put their lives on the line to rescue abductees of the Government Secondary School, Birnin Yawuri from kidnappers.

“While the NA will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, it must be stated unambiguously that it will not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel.
“The provisions for dealing decisively with such acts are crystallised in Section 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004."

Opinion leaders cautioned

The Nigerian Army has also enjoined opinion leaders to demonstrate patriotism in building the peace, rather than being agents of desstabilisation by aggravating the current security challenges facing the nation.

The statement concluded:

“The NA wishes to reassure law abiding citizens that troops will continue to conduct themselves professionally in consonance with the code of conduct guiding our operations in all combat engagements, in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and global best practice.
“Citizens are enjoined to continue to support military operations by providing useful information to defence and security agencies and together we shall rid our society of these criminal elements."

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Troops arrest suspected bandit with military kits

Earlier, reported that a suspected bandit was caught by troops of the Nigerian Army operating along Mokwa-Jebba road.

The suspect who claimed to be Sgt. Aminu Sule was caught when troops intercepted a car travelling from Zuru to Ibadan.

He was caught in possession of a pair of camouflage uniform, military boots, knife and substance suspected to be charms.


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