Why we absconded with Nigerian army’s ₦600m – soldiers
5 Nigerian soldiers that made away with ₦600m they were told to escort by the GOC 8 Division said they absconded with the money because they are looted funds.
The money belonged to Major General ,” Hakeem Otiki, the general officer commanding, 8 Division of the Army, based in Sokoto who is supposed to be supervising an internal operation in Sokoto.
A source close to two of the soldiers told ElombahNews the money was with the brother of the GOC and meant for operations but the GOC decided to corner it for himself.
“The soldiers have long been monitoring the activities of their superiors based on the functions they had delegated to them in the past”, the source stated.
“But after spending a long time handling transactions for them (senior officers) by escorting money to safe locations across the country while they (soldiers) remained in penury, they decided to take their destiny into their own hands with the latest opportunity.
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It was learnt that after they the soldiers escorted the cash from Sokoto to the Nigerian Army airstrip in Jaji, Kaduna State, the soldiers refused to load the money into a military jet that was supposed to airlift it to Abuja. They had conveyed the cash from Sokoto to Jaji in a convoy of a Toyota Hilux truck and a Buffalo gun truck.
The VIP (said to be Mr Otiki) was said to be in the white Toyota truck while the soldiers were in the gun truck during the roughly 400 kilometres journey.
According to our sources, on arrival at Jaji, the five uniformed men — two corporals and three lance corporals — connived amongst themselves to share the cash. They then deserted military service, sources said.
“They also removed all their uniforms and abandoned their rifles in the vehicles at the air strip in Jaji,”
Fighting Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen have turned to a big business opportunity for the men of the Nigerian Army and the more reason the war will not stop any time soon.