Army probes Major’s death, denies setting up court martial

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The Nigerian Army has stated that an investigation is underway to determine what caused the death of a military officer, Major Jeremiah Udiadenye.

According to reports, the military officer committed suicide while being investigated by a military court in Kaduna’s 1 Division.

Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, said in a statement on Wednesday that Udiandeye was never court-martialed before his death.

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“Having lost one of its finest officers, the Nigerian Army is deeply concerned that unscrupulous persons, under whatever guise, will use such a sad occurrence to malign their own Army,” according to the statement.

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“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.”

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