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Dangote Refinery: Army condemns soldiers’ alleged involvement in theft

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The Nigerian Army has expressed concern over the alleged involvement of two of its personnel in a reported case of theft at the Dangote Refinery in Lagos.

In a statement on Wednesday, the army’s spokesman, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, said this act of criminality, does not represent the ethics and values of the Nigerian Army.

He condemned the act, stating that it is totally unacceptable and highly regrettable.

According to him, the two suspects have been identified and are currently under custody.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the two suspects were hired by a civilian contractor simply identified as Mr Smart, who claimed he wanted to recover some armoured cables he had left behind on the refinery’s premises.

Unknown to the soldiers, the said contractor, sensing trouble as they approached the security post, excused himself from the vehicle and bolted, leaving them behind.

Further investigations are ongoing to fully ascertain the depth of culpability of the apprehended soldiers. Additionally, the stolen cables have been recovered and are in safe custody.

The army says it is working closely with the management of the Dangote Refinery to ensure a thorough investigation into this unfortunate incident.

General Nwachukwu on behalf of the army reassured the general public that appropriate disciplinary measures would be meted out to the culprits, as no act of criminality will be condoned amongst its personnel.

“We shall also continue to cultivate and promote dedication and a culture of accountability and ethical behaviours within our ranks,” he said

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