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Abia: Military Warns Personnel Over Extortion

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The 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Ohafia, Abia State, has called on the Nigerian Bar Association’s Aba Branch to help keep an eye out for any soldiers trying to squeeze extra cash from drivers and locals in Aba.

During a visit from the NBA Aba Branch to his office in Ohafia, Brigadier General O.O. Diya, the Brigade Commander, made it clear that the Army doesn’t put up with corruption or poor discipline. He promised that any soldier caught with their hand in the cookie jar wouldn’t get off easy.

Diya thanked the NBA Aba Branch for taking the time to drop by and offer condolences for the soldiers lost in Aba. He reminded them that keeping everyone safe is a team effort and encouraged the branch to keep working with the Army to clean up Abia State, especially Aba.

“If you spot a soldier trying to shake someone down, get their name and where it happened,” Diya said. “If you can, try to snap a picture or grab some video of it going down. We’re all in this together when it comes to security. I’m counting on the NBA Aba Branch to keep partnering with us to kick the criminals out of Abia State, especially Aba.”

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He added that the Army would be happy to show up if the branch ever needed them for anything.

Charles Onuchukwu, the NBA Aba Branch Chairman, kicked things off by expressing sympathy for the Army and the families of soldiers who didn’t make it through the recent security troubles in Aba. He also brought up concerns about soldiers roughing up locals and drivers at checkpoints during the recent security crackdown.

Onuchukwu urged the Brigade Commander to have a word with the soldiers manning the checkpoints in Aba, asking them to focus on keeping people safe instead of using civilians to line their pockets.

He wrapped up by assuring that the NBA Aba Branch is ready and willing to work with the military to tackle the security issues in Aba.

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