1st June, 2022
By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Nigerian Army has raised questions over claims by the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Samuel Kanu-Uche that its troops were involved in his recent abduction in Imo State.
The Army raised the queries in a statement issued by its Director, Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Wednesday in Abuja denying the claims of the Methodist Prelate.
Nwachukwu said the insinuation that troops were complicit in the kidnap incident could not be swallowed hook line and sinker, as it was not premised on any findings of investigations.
He said the allegation had raised some pertinent questions which were still unanswered.
According to him, given the spate of insecurity in the region, the question would be, was the issue reported to the unit covering the area?
“Did the Methodist Church take the Nigerian Army into confidence while negotiating the ransom with the kidnappers? No formal complaint has been received by the unit.
“More worrisome is the fact that it was alleged that the ransom was paid in less than 24 hours. Was the ransom paid to troops? These are questions that beg for answers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nwachukwu said the Nigerian army unit had not received any debrief from the Prelate or the Methodist Church.
He said that troops were deployed at Forward Operating Base(FOB) Okigwe and in front of the Abia State University, Uturu.
Also, the Army spokesperson said no information was made available to them or to 14 Brigade or any other formation, except the information making the rounds on the social media.
He reiterated that troops’ deployment in the army was not done with considerations of ethnic affiliation.
However, Nwachukwu explained that deployment of troops of Fulani ethnic extraction, who, as alleged by the Prelate, carried out the dastardly act was not our practice or modus operandi in the army.
“Given our professional disposition and zero tolerance for any misconduct in the Nigerian Army, we will take this weighty allegation seriously.
“We will approach the Prelate and the Methodist church to unravel the basis for the allegation,” he said.