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Army detains 2 soldiers over alleged theft in Dangote Refinery


The Nigerian Army (NA) says it has detained two soldiers allegedly involved in a reported case of theft at the Dangote Refinery in Lagos.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement yesterday,  said the Nigerian army was deeply concerned over its personnel’s involvement in criminality.

Nwachukwu said that act of criminality, which was prevented by the proactive intervention of vigilant troops and private security operatives on duty at the refinery, was totally unacceptable and highly regrettable.

He said that such act does not represent the ethics and values of the Nigerian army, adding that the two suspects have been identified and currently under custody.

According to him, 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.”

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