Army denies compelling soldiers visiting families to purchase torch lights

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The Nigerian Army has denied that soldiers travelling to see their families were being mandated to purchase torch lights for their units before travelling.

The Army in a statement on Thursday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, described the allegation as mischievous, adding that the service provides troops with needed kits to carry out their operations.

The statement was titled, “Re: Nigerian Army mandates soldiers visiting families to bring 6,000 torches before traveling.”

It partly read, “It is an indisputable fact that the NA spares no effort in ensuring that troops are properly kitted with supplies and other ordnances as much as possible, based on available resources. All essential kits that would aid troops in effectively carrying out assigned tasks are routinely issued and prioritized to troops at the front lines.

“Additionally, ‘Leaves’ and ‘Passes’ are Command responsibilities which are taken seriously by the NA, especially in operational theatres.

“Personnel who intend to go on leave or pass are listed in a roster, well ahead of the anticipated time of travel and are usually released without any fuss, in line with well-established administrative procedures.

“Furthermore, the Chief of Army Staff also recently approved welfare flights for personnel going on pass or leave. This is also being strictly implemented and monitored by the Department of Operations at the Army Headquarters.

“Therefore, to assert that the NA mandates soldiers to purchase torches for their units before proceeding on leave or pass in order to see their families is ridiculous, mischievous and outrightly misleading. This spurious allegation should therefore be discountenanced by the general public

“It must be emphatically pointed out, that since the assumption of command of Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya as COAS, no effort has been spared to improve the welfare of troops fighting in the front lines.

“Several aspects of the war effort have been addressed, in order to improve troops’ fighting efficiency and equipment, amongst others.”

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