The Nigerian military said it has instituted an investigation into allegations that some of its officers and men illegal receive money from civilians to serve as escort in the North east.
Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri, the commander of counter-insurgency operation in the North east, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, a Major General, said he has received reports that some of his men collect money from travellers to escort them through some major routes.
“I wish to use this opportunity to state that we have received reports that some personnel are in the habit of collecting money to escort civilian motorists and goods along the major routes,” Irabor said.
“These allegations are currently being investigated. However, should there be any officer or soldier who is seen collecting money, please do not hesitate to report such to the Theatre Command.”
He assured that the military has a responsibility to protect and assist Nigerians and must do their jobs with dedication.
Irabor urged the public not to pay for such escort duties, warning that “whoever is caught doing that will face the full weight of the law either military or civilian.”
He said any illegal activities involving the military should be reported using the following mobile phone numbers: 09028101021 and 08082252400. The lines would be available for between 9am and 7pm daily, he stated.