About 227 members of the Nigerian Army who were dismissed by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3rd armored division Jos have protested against the GOC.
The protesting soldiers who stormed the Plateau State NUJ secretariat with placards said they were unjustly dismissed without any known offense and without the benefit of fair hearing.
Leader of the protesting soldiers, Sergeant Abiona Elisha, said, “we were dismissed this week Tuesday from the service of the Nigerian Army after sending us to go and suffer fighting insurgency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.
He said, “All of a sudden, we were recalled to the barrack and made to face trial. Even in the trial, we were not given the chance to defend ourselves; they just took decision and dismissed us.
“We were not even told what our offense was during the so-called trial.
“We are surprised that we can be treated like this in our own country, we were sent to fight insurgencies without weapon, a lot of our colleagues were killed in the course of defending our fatherland, even those who are in hospital treating injuries they sustain from battle field were also dismissed while on still on hospital admission.
“The worst situation is that, families of our colleagues killed in Adamawa and Yobe are languishing in hunger as Nigerian Army refused to pay their entitlement.
So we are calling of President Goodluck Jonathan and Chief of Army Staff to intervene in our case and reinstate us.
However, when contacted, the deputy director army public relation officer of the 3rdarmoured division Col Texas Chukwu denied knowledge of the dismissal of the soldiers. He said, “I have no knowledge of the issue, I just came back from Maiduguri, I am not aware any soldier was dismissed”