The Nigerian Army has dismissed a soldier, Lance Corporal Itugbu Augustine Omorodion, who was arrested by the police in Abia State for alleged armed robbery.
Omorodion was alleged to have snatched N250,000 from a 21-year-old boy simply identified as Ebuka, while armed with a dagger. The incident allegedly took place along Faulks Road in Aba, Abia State, while the victim was on his way to a bank to deposit the money on behalf of his boss.
It was gathered that the victim, after being robbed, raised the alarm which attracted passers-by who alerted men of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) on patrol in the area. The 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, the unit where the soldier serves, said yesterday [Jun 30] in a statement issued to journalists in Lagos, that the soldier was tried under the Armed Forces Act Cap A20.
The statement, signed by the Brigade’s spokesman, Captain Sydney Mgbemena, noted that the investigation revealed that the soldier was granted pass to travel to Benin in Edo State.
It was however established that rather than proceed to Benin, the soldier left for Aba, wearing the Nigerian Army camouflage uniform which contravened a standing instruction with respect to the use of uniforms when not on official duty.
Consequently, the soldier was charged, tried, found guilty and subsequently dismissed from service in line with the provision of the Armed Forces Act Caps A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, Mgbemena said. He added that the soldier has been handed over to the police for further action.