Army dismisses 3,040 soldiers for desertion, murder, rape, drunkenness

By Paul Njoku

Nigerian Army has on Saturday May 29, 2021, announced that it has dismissed no fewer than 3,040 soldiers from service for various acts of misconduct and indiscipline, including desertion, possession of hard drugs, rape and murder.

Some of the soldiers were discharged for cowardice, forgery, drunkenness, poor performance, disobedience to orders, absence from duty/parade and failure to perform military duty.

Similarly, scores were also axed for Bank Verification Number issues, vetting problems, insubordination, civil offence, extortion, defilement and conduct prejudicial to service.


Others were dismissed for conspiracy, ‘misfire,’ stealing, impersonation, attempted rape, assault, unlawful release of prisoners and cheating.


The names of the personnel were contained in a 90-page document titled, ‘List of soldiers dismissed from the Nigerian Army’.

The dismissal period was however not mentioned in the document.

Over 1,000 soldiers were discharged for AWOL (Away Without Leave), while hundreds others were sacked for desertion.

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