How we handle erring cadets – Nigerian Defence Academy speaks
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has reacted to a report claiming that some cadets in its college abscond and keep their uniforms with Fulani herdsmen.
The NDA said it ensures effective training of cadets and that anyone caught absent from the college for 72 hours is expelled.
A statement signed by Musa Adams Yahaya, a major and spokesperson of the institution, said: “The attention of the Nigerian Defence Academy has been drawn to a report, specifically on instablogngr, in which the writer purports that some cadets of the academy abscond from the institution for days, keeping their military uniforms and other property in the care of Fulani herdsmen.
“The Nigerian Defence Academy genuinely appreciates the vigilance and forthrightness of the writer of the article and wishes to assure the writer and other well-meaning Nigerians that the academy authority has duly noted his observations and a full scale investigation is underway.
“Furthermore, we wish to reinforce the confidence of the public that our cadets are being trained under the strictest and most disciplined environment, as befitting of a world class military training institution.
“There are established procedures and guidelines that ensure cadets remain in the academy. All cadets are to remain in the academy except when duly authorized to leave, as provided by the rules and regulations of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
“For instance, any cadet discovered to be absent from the academy for a period of 72 hours will be Struck of Strength (SOS) and ceases to be a cadet of the academy.
“All our cadets are aware of this and strict enforcement ensured where a cadet is found to have erred.
“Again, the Nigerian Defence Academy appreciates vigilance of the writer and avers that security is the collective responsibility of all Nigerians, be they military personnel or civilians.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported how a Nigerian lady on twitter, Raliyah, alleged that army cadets under training often sneak out of their training camp, without any official notice.
Raliyah!’s tweets stated that this has been happening at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
She claimed that the cadets sneak out fully kitted in their military regalia and then go to some few illiterate Fulani gate men around the academy to change into casuals leaving their uniforms with the Fulanis for about a week or even more.