A military insider says the army is
waiting on the Borno State Police Command to hand over the erring
soldier to it for a detailed investigation of the matter.
By Nasir Ayitogo
Nigerian Army personnel, Sanni Mohammed, has been arrested with two
boxes containing about 2,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, those familiar
with the matter have told PREMIUM TIMES.
The soldier, a lance
corporal, was arrested at the Borno Express park in Maiduguri on Monday
by officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) as
he was about to board a bus to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
NURTW officials later handed the suspect to the police.
to our sources, the soldier, attached to 198 Special Forces Battalion,
had just been relieved from duties at Damasak town in Borno State, after
recently obtaining a sick report.
When interrogated by the police, Mr Mohammed claimed he sourced the ammunition from a broken-down vehicle in his unit.
The soldier arrested with 2000 rounds of ammunition, Lance Corporal Sani Mohammed
items found in his possession were a three-day excuse duty and two
reports of hospital test. The army has since told the police that the
soldier was not issued a pass or given medical leave to travel.
military insider said the army is waiting on the police to hand over
the soldier to it for a detailed investigation of the matter.
spokesperson for the Borno State Police Command, Edet Okon, declined to
comment for this story, saying he would speak to reporters based in
Borno. His boss, Force Spokesperson Frank Mba neither responded to
telephone calls nor replied to text messages.
arrest came about a month after the Zamfara State Government said a
Nigerian soldier and his girlfriend were caught supplying ammunition and
military uniforms to armed bandits in the state.
the deputy chief of staff to Governor Bello Matawalle, said at a press
conference on March 5 that the soldier was arrested by the military
through community-driven intelligence.
He, however, did not
provide more details of the alleged incident, saying the state
government was waiting for the military authorities to do so.
Almost a month after, no further details have been provided on the matter.
proliferation of illegal weapons has been identified as one of the
major reasons for the widespread insecurity across Nigeria with many
killed and kidnapped on daily basis.
Politicians have often been accused of being behind the proliferation of illegal firearms around the nation.
former Head of State, Abdusalami Abubakar, said on Wednesday that there
are over six million illegal weapons in circulation around the country.