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127 soldiers officially deserted from the Nigerian army in the light of the deteriorating security problems currently being fought by the military in certain areas of the country.
In the Premium Times memo, it was gathered that all the junior cadres were soldiers recruited from different military formations around the world.
Military personnel consisting of one Master Warrant Officer, three Warrant Officers, 22 Staff Sergeants, 29 Sergeants, 64 Corporals, seven Lance Corporals and one Private will be disengaged as Chief of Staff in May, and Tukur Buratai has since accepted their formal disengagement.
While no explanation was offered to those entering voluntary retirement and those quitting the army on medical grounds, Brigadier-General T.A. Gagariga, who informed the permission of their disengagements, ordered them to send all military assets in their custody.
The memo read;
“In compliance with the provisions of section A, the COAS vide reference B has approved the voluntary discharge of the above named NWO and 126 others listed in annex A. The soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave WEF 26th April, 21 while their disengagement date takes effect from 26th May 21 in accordance with the NA administrative policies and procedures No. 27 paragraphs 3 and 4.
“Accordingly, I am directed to request you relate to their respective units to release the affected soldiers to report to HQ CAR with their unit service documents for documentation NLT 5th January 21 and ensure that:
“a. All forms of military controlled items, arms, ammunition and items of combat kits are recovered from the soldiers prior to their disengagement date and certified that they are properly de-kitted.
“b. They complete all necessary documentation for withdrawal from: 1. NAWIS contributions 2. DENFUND contribution 3. National Mortgage Contributions.”