– A Nigerian soldier was apprehended in a motor park with unauthorised ammunition.
– The detained soldier was on his way to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, when he was apprehended by motor park officials.
– The Nigerian Army says its personnel arrested was not issued a pass to travel
An exclusive report by Premium Times indicates that a Nigerian Army personnel, Sanni Mohammed, has been arrested with two boxes containing about 2,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
According to report, the soldier, a lance corporal, was apprehended on Monday, May 3 at the Borno Express park in Maiduguri.
Officials from the Borno state branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) are said to have arrested the Nigerian Soldier at the park as he was about to board a bus to Abuja.
The NURTW officials later handed the suspect to operatives of the Borno state police command.
Sources quoted in the report say the Nigerian Soldier, attached to 198 Special Forces Battalion, had just been relieved from duties at Damasak town in Borno state, after recently obtaining a sick report.
The army has since told the police that the soldier was not issued a pass or given medical leave to travel.
Meanwhile, a data analyst and journalist, Rotimi Sankore has taken to his Twitter page to give reasons why Nigerian governments at all levels are failing to address the mounting insecurity in the country.
According to him, Nigeria is failing to address the problems due to:
- Bandits and extremists have plenty of recruits
100 million citizens are in extreme poverty
60 million citizens are unable to read or write
10 million to 13 million children are out of school
Unemployment is at 33%
In a related development, James Duddridge, the British Minister for Africa, has characterised Nigeria’s security situation as “extremely complicated,” emphasising that no alliance will be able to solve the country’s numerous problems.
Duddridge made the remarks in response to questions from journalists working for Nigeria’s foreign ministry.
On Tuesday, April 27, the British minister was meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, to address issues of mutual concern when he was approached by reporters.
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