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Army orders investigation into alleged troops’ poor feeding

Army orders investigation into alleged troops' poor feeding

Army orders investigation into alleged troops’ poor feeding

Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has directed an investigation into allegations of substandard feeding of soldiers on the front lines in the North East Theatre of Operations.

Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations, made the announcement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu stated that the welfare of troops has been prioritised by the Nigerian Army’s current leadership and is one of the critical pillars of the COAS Command Philosophy aimed at inspiring the force.

”The Nigerian army therefore takes these allegations very seriously and COAS has directed immediate investigation into the complaints to ascertain its veracity and unravel the circumstances,” the army spokesman said.

Nwachukwu assured the public and all army personnel that a thorough investigation would be conducted to get to the bottom of the claims.

He said the Nigerian army had always prioritised the welfare of troops, including their nutrition, adding that it has a comprehensive feeding system for troops, especially those serving at the frontline.

“We, however, acknowledge that there may be isolated incidents where lapses occur, and we are determined to squarely address them.

“An internal investigation has already been initiated to ascertain the truth behind these allegations.

”We will thoroughly examine the supply chain, the quality of food provided, and any other factors that may have contributed to this situation,” he said.

Nwachukwu stressed that the Nigerian army remained committed to transparency and accountability, and would not condone any form of negligence or misconduct.

“If any culpability is detected, it will attract appropriate disciplinary action and immediate corrective measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future,” he assured.

Nwachukwu urged personnel to submit any issues or concerns they may have about their dining arrangements using the established channels for feedback, adding that any legitimate complaints would be addressed promptly.

He stated that the army will remain steadfast in its fight against insurgency and other security issues, and that it would provide its soldiers with the necessary assistance and care to carry out their jobs efficiently.

“We are committed to ensuring that our troops are well-fed, motivated, and equipped to defend our nation,” he added.

Army orders investigation into alleged troops’ poor feeding

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