The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it had began investigations into an alleged bribery by soldiers escorting civilians on highways in Borno.
The Theatre Commander of “Operation Lafiya Dole’’, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri.
“I wish to use this opportunity to state that we have received reports that some personnel are in the habit of collecting money to escort civilian motorists and goods along the major routes, these allegations are currently being investigated.
“However, should there be any officer or soldier who is seen collecting money, please do not hesitate to report such to the Theatre Command.
“The military has a responsibility to Nigerians. We are here to protect and assist Nigerians according to the law of the land. In that regard, all requirements for the task to be performed are being provided.
“Therefore, please note that you do not have to pay for such escorts and do not be accomplices to the illegal payment,” Irabor said.
He said that soldiers found guilty of the acts would be disciplined according to the law.
“Whoever is caught doing that will face the full weight of the law either military or civilian.
“Also, please feel free to report such illegal activities through any of these GSM numbers: 0902-810-1021 and 0808-225-2400.
“Similarly, for any public inquiry, the lines would be available daily between 09:00 am and 07:00 pm,” Irabor said.