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COAS directs immediate alleged detention of civilian by Army at CSS Ipaja

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has directed an immediate investigation into the incident at the Command Secondary School, Iyana Ipaja

IgbereTV recalls a protest by civilian staff of the Ministry of Defence under the umbrella of the Joint Executive Council, over an alleged brutalisation of their members by soldiers.

The President of the Council, Didam Joel, said a civilian staff of the ministry has been under detention for a month by military authorities, even though he is not a military personnel.

But, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations in a statement on Tuesday, said the Chief of Army Staff, in his unwavering commitment to upholding the rights of all personnel, including the civilian staff, has directed the Provost Marshal (Army) to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the unfortunate incident at the Command Secondary School Iyana Ipaja, Lagos.

According to the statement, the investigation will comprehensively address all allegations raised by the ASCSN, with a focus on ensuring accountability and justice for all parties involved.

“The Nigerian Army (NA) recognizes the vital role that civilian staff play in supporting its operations and day-to-day administration and is therefore dedicated to fostering a positive and respectful working environment for all personnel.

“While acknowledging that misunderstandings or miscommunication may occur, the ongoing investigation aims to provide clarity and implement necessary measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

“The NA is committed to upholding the rule of law and respect for the rights of all its employees, including the fundamental rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.” The statement said

“Currently, the NA is actively engaging with the Ministry of Defence and the ASCSN to address any outstanding issues and promote a cordial working relationship and industrial harmony. The NA strongly believes that open communication and collaboration are key to resolving challenges, and is fully committed to maintaining these principles.

“As the investigation progresses, the NA urges all parties to refrain from making premature judgments or spreading misinformation. Trust in the process is essential, and the NA is confident that the investigation will provide a clear and accurate understanding of the situation to facilitate appropriate and fair actions.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of all stakeholders, as we diligently work to address these concerns,”it said

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