The Nigerian Army has reacted to a rport that some of its cadets in the Nigerian Defence Academy abscond for days and keep their military uniforms in care of Fulani herdsmen.
Below is a statement issued early on Friday:
The attention of the Nigerian Defence Academy has been drawn to a report, specifically on Twitter, in which the writer purports that some cadets of the Academy abscond from the institution for days, keeping their military uniforms and other property in the care of Fulani herdsmen
The Nigerian Defence Academy genuinely appreciates the vigilance and forthrightness of the writer of the article and wish to assure the writer and other well-meaning Nigerians that the Academy authority have duly noted his observations and a full scale investigation is underway
Furthermore, we wish to reinforce the confidence of the public that our cadets are being trained under the strictest and most disciplined environment, as befitting of a world class military training institution.
There are established procedures and guidelines that ensure cadets remain in the Academy. All cadets are to remain in the Academy except when duly authorized to leave, as provided by the rules and regulations of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
For instance, any cadet discovered to be absent from the Academy for a period of 72 hours will be Struck of Strength (SOS) and ceases to be a cadet of the Academy. All our cadets are aware of this and strict enforcement ensured where a cadet is found to have erred.
Again, the Nigerian Defence Academy appreciates vigilance of the writer and avers that security is the collective responsibility of all Nigerians, be they military personnel or civilians.
Musa Adams Yahaya