Source: The Nation
The Nigerian Army (NA) has arrested two non-commissioned soldiers implicated by the suspected kidnappers of Elder Michael Obi, the father of the Super Eagles midfielder, John Mikel Obi.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Azuibike Ihejirika has ordered full investigation of the incident.
Mikel’s father was kidnapped over 12 days ago and the suspected kidnappers that were arrested in Kano included one Ifeanyi Esseit, Ndubuisi Friday, Basil Chukwuma, a woman – Nkechi Ossai – and a Nigerien national, Sule Ibrahim, who all camouflaged as soldiers were caught in a vehicle painted in military colours.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig. Gen. Raphael Isa who spoke on Tuesday in Abuja regretted that the allegation has ridiculed the Army.
Warning that soldiers who may want to make mockery of principal ethics of the Army profession would be sanctioned, the DAPR said two non-commissioned officers in the ranks of Sergeant and Lance Corporal have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Though he regretted that the Army has not been effectively shielded from criminal acts, Isa said the COAS has ordered the Army Headquarter in Jos to commence full investigation.
“We view this seriously especially the mention of Special Task Force operating in Jos. The Army will deal seriously with any soldier who will want to throw away the core ethics of this profession by engaging in such criminal activities such as kidnapping robbery and the likes.
“Based on the information received from Kano State command and other sources, two non-commissioned soldiers who were mentioned as sources have been arrested at about 11:30 pm on Monday night and are currently undergoing investigation.
“They are mere suspect but the military police has been ordered to go into the case. We have a Sergeant and a Lance Corporal.
“You will agree with me that the Army itself is not very insulated from the kind of criminal activities that we see and hear from the larger society. We do acknowledge that we are part of the larger society. This reveals to us that some criminals actually found their way into the system somehow,” he added.
By Dele Anofi