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EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army Mandates Soldiers Visiting Families To Bring N6,000 Torches Before Travelling




The Nigerian Military authorities have mandated troopers travelling to go dwelling to see their households to purchase N6000 torches for the service as one of many situations for leaving, SaharaReporters has learnt.

Among the affected troopers advised SaharaReporters that the apply was rife in 195 Battalion in Maiduguri, Borno State, the place personnel looking for to journey to see their relations are made to buy torches that are imagined to be offered by the navy.

SaharaReporters gathered that solely these personnel who bought the merchandise amongst different situations have been allowed to go and see their households.

“In 195 Battalion, Maiduguri, they power troopers to purchase torches earlier than they’re allowed to go dwelling and see their household. In the event you don’t purchase a torch as a person, you received’t be allowed to see your loved ones whom you left for months or years.

“And the torch they mentioned we should purchase is starting from N6000 and above; in any other case, you received’t be allowed to go and see your individuals. Furthermore, the torches are imagined to be offered by the military; it’s a part of their obligation,” a supply defined.

The necessary buy of torches for troops is in distinction to the Eldorado earlier promised by the Nigerian Military authorities for troops departing dwelling to see their households.

Solely in August, the military had introduced that there can be a ‘welfare flight’ for troopers and officers on the frontline who’re on move and want to go see their households.

A move, within the navy parlance, is permission to be away from one’s unit for a restricted time period.

Most troopers and officers deployed from throughout the nation in Operation Hadin Kai within the North-East journey lots of of kilometres when on move to go see their households.

In a press release, the Director, Military Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, had mentioned the event was a part of efforts to cater to the welfare of troops who have been continuing on move back and forth the theatre of operations to different elements of the nation.

SaharaReporters had additionally in June 2021 reported that the Chief of Military Workers, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, promised that he would see to the welfare of the troops and handle their challenges.

“We need to conclude this operation within the North-East,” Yahaya had mentioned, “in order that we will do different issues; and that’s the drive now.”

He had added that he needed to familiarise himself with the challenges confronted by the troops and guarantee these challenges have been tackled.

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