COAS Orders Probe into Alleged Poor Feeding of Troops

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja has ordered probe into alleged poor feeding of frontline troops in the North East.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu argued on Tuesday in Abuja that the welfare of troops was priortised by the present leadership of the Nigerian Army.
This, he described as one of the vital pillars of the COAS Command Philosophy targeted at motivating the force.
Nwachukwu said that the Nigerian army takes the allegations very seriously, just as the COAS has directed immediate investigation into the complaints to ascertain its veracity and unravel the circumstances.
The spokesman assured the public and all army personnel that a thorough investigation would be conducted to get to the root of the claims.
He stated that the Nigerian army had always prioritised the welfare of troops, including their nutrition, noting that there is a comprehensive feeding system for troops, especially those serving at the frontline.
While acknowledging that there might be isolated incidents where lapses occurred, he promised that the Nigerian Army is determined to address them squarely.
He hinted that an internal investigation has already been initiated to ascertain the truth behind the allegations, pledging to thoroughly examine the supply chain, the quality of food provided, and other factors that might have contributed to the situation.
The spokesman informed that the Nigerian army remained committed to transparency and accountability, and would not condone any form of negligence or misconduct.
“If any culpability is detected, it will attract appropriate disciplinary action and immediate corrective measures to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future,” he added.
Nwachukwu enjoined personnel to report any grievances or concerns that altered their feeding arrangements through the established channels for feedback, vowing that prompt action would be taken to address any legitimate complaints.
He noted that the army would continue to be resolute in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges, and would ensure that its soldiers were provided with the necessary support and care to carry out their duties effectively.
The spokesman said that the Nigerian Army is committed to ensuring that the troops are well-fed, motivated and equipped to defend the nation.

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