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Nigerian Army launches probe into how detained soldiers broke Guard Room

The Nigerian Army is investigating how a group of soldiers detained in guard rooms for various offenses managed to break out of the facility at the 8 Division Garrison in Sokoto.

Following the incident, in which Lance Corporal Charles Ekefure was reportedly shot, the Army has detained around 100 soldiers, 10 in each cell, after they clamored for better living conditions.

Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, expressed regret over the incident and stated that appropriate sanctions would be applied to the soldiers involved. He emphasized that while the Army acknowledges the need for improved conditions, it cannot condone the unruly behavior displayed by the detainees.

A probe has been initiated by the Chief of Army Staff to determine the extent of the issue and ensure such incidents do not reoccur. Nwachukwu reaffirmed the Army’s commitment to upholding professional standards and ensuring fair treatment for all detainees, even those awaiting sentencing for aiding criminal activities.

The Army appreciates the support of Nigerians and remains focused on addressing security challenges in collaboration with other security agencies.

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