127 soldiers of the Nigerian Army drawn from various formations across the country are set to exit the military.
It is understood according to a memo sighted by Premium Times that the soldiers are all junior officers mostly part of those fighting insurgency and terrorists in various locations in the country.
The breakdown of the 127 soldiers includes one Master Warrant Officer, three Warrant Officers, 22 Staff Sergeants, 29 Sergeants, 64 Corporals, seven Lance Corporals, and one Private.
The memo also indicated that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has approved their disengagement from service.
However, it wasn’t clear from the memo if the soldiers are exiting based on voluntary retirement or medical grounds.
The memo which communicated the approval of their disengagement from service was signed by Brigadier General T.A Gagariga and it reads: “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 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:”
“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.”
This development comes after the recent declaration by the spokesman of the military, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, who on Thursday, noted that the military is winning the war against insurgency and banditry in Nigeria.
Enenche made this claim while speaking at a press conference in Abuja.
The military spokesman referred to the recent operations against bandits in Zamfara and Katsina as evidence of the military’s efforts against insecurity.
Enenche during the press conference on Thursday called on Nigerians to provide the military with actionable information that will assist in decimating all criminal elements in the country.