The Defence headquarters has revealed that military authorities are presently investigating the N400 – 600 million Nigerian Army operational funds which was allegedly stolen by some soldiers.
The five soldiers were declared wanted after disappearing with the diverted funds which was meant for operational purposes.
On Tuesday, the Defense Information Director, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, however, revealed to newsmen that the unfortunate incident is being investigated by appropriate authorities and the outcome of the situation will be made public at the right time.
“The event of suspected soldiers’ disappearance with some amount of money is being investigated by appropriate authorities. The outcome will be made known to the public in due course. I will not like to pre-empt the investigation,” he said.
Nwachukwu also said that the attacks on Zamfara, aside the struggle for mining of gold could be connected with the issues of ethnic rivalry, migration in the Maghreb amongst others
“Operation Hadarin Daji was recently reorganized and reinvigorated by the Defence Headquarters with the acquisition and injection of new platforms and additional manpower to curtail armed banditry, kidnapping and sundry crimes.
“The reorganization is already yielding results as the joint troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have recorded several significant achievements in the theater of operations.
“Since the commencement of the joint operations, the troops have recorded several successes, including a daring rescue operation in which troops neutralized 54 armed bandits in an encounter in fortified enclaves at Moriki, Madada and Dumburum forests in Zamfara State. Several assorted firearms were also recovered from the bandits.
“It will suffice to mention that in the last two months, the gallant troops have in a series of successful encounters, rescued over 50 kidnapped victims and neutralised 78 armed bandits from various fortified enclaves in Zamfara and contiguous states.
“The troops have also recovered a total of 39 firearms, which include 16 AK-47 rifles, one light machine gun, 14 dane guns, two pump action rifles, three semi automatic rifles, three pistols and 2,437 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition. Additionally, over 25 armed bandits have been arrested and 14 motorcycles used by them recovered,” Nwachukwu said.