Despite the worsening security challenges confronting Nigeria, 127 soldiers have reportedly quit their position. This information was made public in a memo obtained by Premium Times. All of the 127 soldiers who resigned from the army are of junior cadres including a Master Warrant Officer, 3 Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants (22), Sergeants (29), Corporals (64), Lance Corporals (7), and one Private.
Drawn across various formations of the Nigerian Army, they are set to disengage in May 2021 with approval from the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. There are still no clarifications about officers retiring on voluntary and medical grounds, but it is clear that they have been directed by Brigadier-General T.A Gagariga who communicated their retirement approval from Buratai, to submit all military properties they have in possession.
See information from the memo below:
“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.
“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.”
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