COAS Lagbaja orders probe of alleged poor feeding of Army troops
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has called for an immediate investigation into the allegation of poor feeding of troops at the frontline in the North East Theatre of Operations.
The Nigerian Army (NA), in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, on Tuesday, said its attention has been drawn to the recent claim, which is unacceptable.
The Army said it is crucial to point out to the general public that the welfare of troops under the present leadership of the NA takes a premium place amongst other important schemes and considerations, as it is one of the vital pillars of the COAS Command Philosophy, which is to provide “Sound Administration” in order to ensure a highly motivated force.
“The NA therefore takes these allegations very seriously, and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has directed immediate investigation into the complaints to ascertain its veracity and unravel the circumstances,” the statement read in part.
“The NA wishes to assure the public and all NA personnel that a thorough investigation will be conducted to get to the bottom of these claims.”
Nwachukwu said that the Army has always prioritized the welfare of troops, including their nutrition.
He said that there is a comprehensive system in place to ensure that troops receive adequate and balanced meals, especially those serving at the frontline and the meals are prepared under strict quality control measures.
“We however acknowledge that there may be isolated incidents where lapses occur, and we are determined to squarely address them,” the Army spokesman stated.
“An internal investigation has already been initiated to ascertain the truth behind these allegations.
“We will thoroughly examine the supply chain, the quality of food provided, and any other factors that may have contributed to this situation.”
Nwachukwu added that the Army is committed to transparency and accountability and will not condone any form of negligence or misconduct.
He pointed out that if any culpability is detected in the investigation, it will attract appropriate disciplinary action.
According to him, immediate corrective measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future will be taken.
“We also encourage NA personnel to report any grievances or concerns they may have regarding their feeding arrangements,” he stated.
“We have established channels for feedback and will take prompt action to address any legitimate complaints.”
Nwachukwu stated that the Army remains resolute in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges.
Consequently, the Army will ensure that its gallant soldiers are provided with the necessary support and care they require to carry out their duties effectively.
He added that the Nigerian Army is fully committed to ensuring that its troops are well-fed, motivated and equipped to defend the nation.
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