Soldier's Death : Army Denies Allegations of Non-payment of Ration Cash Allowance, Attributes Incident to Accidental Firing

In an official statement released on Wednesday, the Acting Deputy Director Army Public Relations 81 Division NA, Olabisi Ayeni, confirmed the unfortunate incident involving a soldier from the 35 Artillery Brigade. 

Ayeni, however, vehemently refuted social media claims suggesting that the soldier took his life due to non-payment of Ration Cash Allowance (RCA).

The statement reads: "The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army ( NA) has been drawn to  insinuations making the rounds on social media alleging that a soldier of 35 Artillery Brigade terminated his life   due to non payment of Ration Cash Allowance (RCA). 

"Having lost one of its soldiers, the authorities of the Division feel deeply concerned that some mischief makers under whatever guise would employ such sad occurrence to malign the image of the Division and the NA in general.

 "Nevertheless, for the sake of posterity, it needs be mentioned that the late soldier was deployed at the Brigade Standby Force on Monday 15 January 24 alongside his colleagues for daily cantonment duty and they were adequately fed in line with NA's standard for  troops' on duties.

"However, investigation into  the immediate cause of the incident, indicated that the deceased soldier reportedly handled his personal weapon negligently and misfired, which resulted to his death. His colleagues who heard the sound of gunshot had rushed to the scene of the incident, only to find the soldier in the pool of his blood with gunshot wounds on the head.

"Further investigation has since commenced to unravel the circumstances and possible remote cause of the unfortunate incident, while the remains of the soldier has been evacuated and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre Abeokuta. 

"The Division, through the Commander 35 Artillery Brigade, has informed the deceased family and also expressed heartfelt condolences and sympathy over the unfortunate incident. 

"It is however, pertinent to reiterate that the Division is committed to providing necessary welfare required to boost the morale of troops under command in line with the Chief of Army Staff  Command  Philosophy. Therefore, the Division will not under any guise  take the welfare of its troops lightly as wrongly insinuated."


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