Three soldiers arrested by a joint patrol team alongside 22 other members of a kidnapping gang at a building in the outskirts of Maiduguri in the early hours of Sunday September 22, have been dismissed by the Nigerian army and handed over to the Nigerian police.
The soldiers who engaged in various crimes which include kidnapping, armed robbery, killings and cultism after being deployed to the Operation Lafiya Dole were dismissed in accordance with the military procedures.
“The three soldiers were caught among the evil group, there was further resistance and attempt to escape, so we tied them up with ropes because handcuffs were not available.
“In addition; we could not put violent men that do this kind of crimes into a police van to take to the station, there will be breakout on the road and we know what would happen.
“We have to restrain them thoroughly with ropes before we take them and handover to the police.
“The Acting GOC, 7 Division, Brig.-Gen. AK Ibrahim, has conducted military procedures. We do not keep armed robbers, kidnappers and cultists in the army, they had been dismissed.
“We gathered here to witness their handover to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for civic action, they are dismissed, and they are no longer soldiers of the Nigerian Army.
“Our code of conduct is strict and high, no evil soldier will be allowed to serve in the army,” Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole said.
LIB reported earlier that the dismissed soldiers are among the arrested suspects posing as Boko Haram members . Others include students of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Ramat Polytechnic Maiduguri, a medical doctor, a banker and soldiers.