Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has ordered a probe into claims that troops combating insurgency on the front lines in the North-East region were not properly fed.
He gave the general public and all employees the assurance that the allegations would be thoroughly investigated.
Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the director of Army public relations, said in a statement on Tuesday that the COAS took the claims seriously and that the Army under his direction placed a high priority on the wellbeing of soldiers.
“It is crucial to point out to the general public that the welfare of troops under the present leadership of the NA takes a premium place amongst other important schemes and considerations as it is one of the vital pillars of the COAS Command Philosophy, which is to provide ‘sound administration’ to ensure a highly motivated force.
“The NA, therefore, takes these allegations very seriously and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has directed immediate investigation into the complaints to ascertain their veracity and unravel the circumstances.
“The NA wishes to assure the public and all NA personnel that a thorough investigation will be conducted to get to the bottom of these claims.”
Onyema quoted the COAS as assuring the troops that the supply chain and the quality of food given to them would be examined.