127 soldiers quit Nigerian Army

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No fewer than 127 soldiers have concluded plans to exit the Nigerian Army amid lingering security crisis in the country.

Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has approved their formal disengagement set to come into effect in May.

The soldiers include one master warrant officer, three warrant officers, 22 staff sergeants, 29 sergeants, 64 corporals, seven lance corporals, and one private, according to a memo seen by Premium Times.

The soldiers concern are of junior cadres who are mostly at the forefront in the field.

“In compliance with the provisions of section A, the COAS vide reference B has approved the voluntary discharge of the above named NWO and 126 others listed in annex A. The soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave WEF 26th April, 21 while their disengagement date takes effect from 26th May 21 in accordance with the NA administrative policies and procedures No. 27 paragraphs 3 and 4,” the memo signed by Brid.-Gen. T.A Gagariga read.

“Accordingly, I am directed to request you relate to their respective units to release the affected soldiers to report to HQ CAR with their unit service documents for documentation NLT 5th January 21 and ensure that:

“a. All forms of military controlled items, arms, ammunition and items of combat kits are recovered from the soldiers prior to their disengagement date and certified that they are properly de-kitted.

“b. They complete all necessary documentation for withdrawal from: 1. NAWIS contributions 2. DENFUND contribution 3. National Mortgage Contributions.”

The online newspaper said army spokesperson Sagir Musa did not respond to its enquiries on the resignation of the soldiers.