BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) said it’s attention 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.
A statement issued by the academy public relation academy Major
Musa Adams Yahaya and made available to newsmen in Kaduna said, “Nigerian Defence Academy genuinely appreciates the vigilance and forthrightness of the writer of the article and wish to assure the writer and other well – meaning Nigerians that the Academy authority have 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”.
According to the statement, 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” he emphasised.