By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Nigerian Army has confirmed that a soldier who was arrested and paraded by Police in Benin fled from 101 SF Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria.
A statement by Army Public Relations Officer, 4-Brigade division, Capt. Mohammed Maidawa, alleged that Private Igbavbou Lucky, actually fled since January 2019.
The statement assured the public “that the case will be thoroughly investigated and the military justice system will take it course”.
But, he clarified in the statement that the Igbavbou, was arrested is an isolated case in response to reports on Army Officer arrested for cultism in Edo State.
The deserter was nabbed while celebrating his 25th Birthday with his friends and cult members at Ekpoma West Local Government Area of the State.
The Assistant Director Army Public Relations, said that “The Nigerian Army does not allow any of its apersonnel to belong to any confraternity such as cult groups and related associations”.
Maidawa who dismissed the appellation of the suspect, wrongly called Private Opiri Stephen, reported in a section of the Media, warned that “any of its personnel who crosses the red line in this regard will face the full rigours of military discipline”.
The Spokesman explained that the suspect who was paraded along with 80 suspected criminals during last Friday by Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Danmallam Mohammed, is not a personnel of 4-Brigade Nigerian Army.
He described the conduct of Private Lucky Igbavboua as “a complete negation of the minimum behavioural conduct expected from a personnel of the Nigerian Army”.
“For emphasis, Nigerian Army (NA) is a professional organization with extant policies that regulates the conduct of its personnel.
“The NA does not allow any of its personel to belong to any confraternity such as cult groups and related associations.
“Consequently, any of its personnel who crosses the red line in this regard will face the full rigours of military discipline.
“The alleged case of Private Igbavbou Lucky who was arrested is an isolated case.
“Additionally, it is germane to state that preliminary investigation revealed that the said suspect is not a personnel of 4-Brigade Nigerian Army as erroneously stated in the said publication, but a deserter from 101 SF Bn in the North East of the Country since January 2019.
“Thus, his conduct is a complete negation of the minimum behavioural conduct expected from a personnel of the Nigerian Army”, the statement which was made available to newsmen said.