Army begins investigation of soldiers allegedly involved in Dangote Refinery theft

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By Emmanuel Obisue

Nigerian Army has expressed deep concern about the alleged involvement of two of its personnel in a reported case of theft at the Dangote Refinery in Lagos, assuring that investigation has commenced into the matter.

A statement by Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations noted that the act of criminality, which was prevented by the proactive intervention of vigilant troops and private security operatives on duty at the refinery, is totally unacceptable and highly regrettable, and does not represent the ethics and values of the Army.

“The two suspects have been identified and are currently under custody,” the Army said.

The Army said after preliminary investigation, it was 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 NA is working closely with the management of the Dangote Refinery to ensure a thorough investigation into this unfortunate incident.

“The NA wishes to reassure 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,” the statement added.