Thelma Osatohanmwen

The Nigerian Army has debunked news on corruption, and inappropriate diversion of funds in Niger State.

The Director Army, Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a press release explained that the publication online pertaining to the troops deployed as security experts to Chinese nationals working at Zungeru Hydro Electricity Dam Project in Niger state not being paid their ration cash allowance (RCA) by their commanders General Officer Commanding Major General Alabi and Brigadier General Jamiu Jimoh is false.

“Under the leadership of Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the welfare of troops takes a premium place amongst other important schemes and considerations, as it is one of the vital pillars of his Command Philosophy, which is to provide “Sound Administration” for personnel of the Nigerian Army.

“The Nigerian Army therefore has zero tolerance posture for any form of financial misappropriation and is strongly aversed to any action inimical to the morale of troops”. He said

He further revealed that the Nigerian Army has always paid in tranches to the Niger State as evidence could be seen in the receipts.

“The last payment elapsed on 28 February 2023. While the next tranche of payment is being processed. It was also revealed that the Army Headquarters has paid the troops covering the period 1 March – 30 June 2023 and also feeding arrangements of troops members deployed were also taken into consideration in other to improve the working conditions of the troops subsequently”. He added

Nwachukwu emphasized strongly that there was no incidence on corruption and diversion of funds as the Nigerian Army remains committed to upholding integrity, transparency and accountability in the administration of the welfare of troops in all its operations and other endeavours.