About 356 Nigerian soldiers fighting insurgency in the North-east and other theatres of operation, have reportedly written to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt,-Gen Tukur Buratai, for voluntary retirement.
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It was said that the soldiers cited loss of interest as their reason for retirement.
Twenty-four others have also applied to leave the army, to enable them take traditional titles.
The soldiers wrote to Buratai on July 3, 2020, under Reference NA /COAS / 00, quoting the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service soldiers /rating /airmen (Revised) 2017, Critical Voices reports.
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The publication stated that the approval of the voluntary disengagement of the 356 soldiers was contained in a 17 – page circular from Buratai, AHQ DOAA / G 1 / 300/92, signed by Brig.-Gen T. E. Gagariga on Saturday.
It was said that headquarters of Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, in Borno State, and 82 Divisions of the Nigerian Army and other formations were copied in the document.
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The report quoted military sources as saying that the soldiers applying for disengagement cited loss of interest in the profession, poor weapons, unimproved allowances and the continuous loss of their colleagues to Boko Haram attacks.
“The 356 soldiers who applied for voluntary retirement citing loss of interest are Master Warrant Officers, Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants, Sergeants, Lance Corporals, Corporals and Privates.
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“The total number on the list of voluntary disengagement is 380; while 356 cited loss of interest, 24 cited “to take a traditional title”, Gagariga was said to have written on behalf of Buratai.
Writing further, Gagariga added:
“In compliance with the provisions of Reference A, the COAS vide Reference B has approved the voluntary and medical discharge of the above named MWO, and 385 others listed as Annexes A and B.
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“The soldiers are to proceed on terminal leave December 3, 2020, while their disengagement date takes effect from January 3, 202, in accordance with the Nigerian Army Administrative Policy and Procedures No 27 Paragraphs 3 and 4. Accordingly, I am directed to request formations and units to release all affected soldiers to report at the Headquarters, Garrison, with their unit service documents for documentation.
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“All forms of military – controlled items, arms, ammunition, and items of combat kits are recovered from the soldiers prior to their disengagement date and certify that they are properly de – kitted. Please acknowledge.”