COAS visits Auchi, Pledges Continouos Partnership with Citizens in Securing the Nation; Army HQ denies Late Major Udiandeye was facing Court Martial.


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has assured that the Nigerian Army (NA) will continue to strengthen its partnership with Nigerians in securing the nation.

He gave the assurance when he paid homage to the Otaru of Auchi Sacred Kingdom, His Royal Highness (HRH), Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III.

Expressing appreciation to the royal father for his support to the NA, General Yahaya stated that the NA will continue to leverage on partnership with critical stakeholders for the sustenance of peace and security.

While welcoming the COAS to his palace, Alhaji Aliru Momoh assured the COAS of the continuous support of his kingdom to the NA, in pursuit of its constitutional mandate.

He prayed for divine guidance for the nation, the COAS and the Nigerian Army in all its engagements.

While in Auchi, the COAS commissioned the newly constructed Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NASEME) Multipurpose Hall and the student officers’ hostel of the school.

He later declared the maiden Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NAEME) Research and Development Seminar 2022 open.

Gen Yahaya commended the Corps for the maintenance of NA equipment, despite challenges associated with sourcing of spares.

He also extolled the ongoing efforts by the corps to locally produce Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher tubes, Anti-Aircraft guns, as well as fabrication of spare parts for the NA.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army (NA) on Tuesday decried as obnoxious insinuation, information making the rounds on social media, alleging that late Major Udiandeye Jeremiah Udiadenye, terminated his life through suicide, because he was being interrogated or investigated by a military court martial in 1 Division, Kaduna.

A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said, “Having lost one of its finest officers, the authorities of the Nigerian Army feel deeply concerned that unscrupulous persons under whatever guise would employ such sad occurrence to malign their own Army.

“Nevertheless, for the sake of posterity, it needs be mentioned that the late senior officer had an unblemished career in the military and never needed to face any disciplinary process.

“Until his demise, he was the Commanding Officer of 167 Special Forces Battalion at Giri in the FCT from where he led special operations to various commands including 1 Division.

“An appropriate Board of Inquiry has been instituted to ascertain what led to the tragic incident and its report will guide the NA on subsequent actions and measures to take to forestall a recurrence.

“The NA belongs to the Nigerian people and remains obligated to work along established guidelines as a responsible corporate entity. The general public is urged to deny the ignorant piece making the rounds please”


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