The Nigerian Army has dismissed the claims made by a former military officer, Trooper Temple Ahunanya in an interview he recently granted which has gone viral on social media platforms.
In a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, said, the general public should beware of Trooper Ahunanya, of his antics which is purposely to defraud innocent citizens. He stated that Ahunanya was arrested in 2014, tried and dismissed from the military for conduct prejudicial to military engagement and cowardice.
The statement reads:
BEWARE OF TROOPER TEMPLE AHUNANYA’S ANTICS TO DEFRAUD INNOCENT CITIZENS
“The Nigerian Army has taken cognisance of a video clip currently making the rounds on the social media, where one dismissed Trooper Temple Ahunanya narrated a concocted story of how he was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death for requesting better weapons to fight Boko Haram Insurgents. Considering the enormous danger posed by this dismissed soldier to the public, it is crucial to set the record straight and alert Nigerians to beware of his criminal antics, aimed at defrauding members of the general public.
The Nigerian Army wishes to commend Trooper Ahunanya for making an attempt to serve this great nation. He is also commended for passing through the rigours of military training and the fog of war. It is however unfortunate that, despite these, he lacked the requisite qualities to progress with the profession, as he was a bad egg and a cancerous element that negatively infiltrated the ranks, corrupting the good conduct and morale of troops in the process.
It is also important for the public to note that dismissed Trooper Ahunanya was enlisted in the Nigerian Army on August 20, 2012, and passed out from training on December 17 of the same year.
He was arrested in 2014, tried and dismissed for conduct prejudicial to military discipline and cowardice. He was convicted but escaped while awaiting the Army Council’s approval of his verdict. This singular act portrays a tendency for evasion of justice and criminality. Hence the general public must beware not to be misguided by his misconstrued narratives as a failure on the part of the military or the government, but a ploy to create and peddle falsehood in the media space to gain undeserved sympathy.
While in service, Ahunanya was rude, indisciplined, criminally-minded, and a very uncultured individual, who failed to imbibe the basic ethics and regimentation of the military profession.
His unpatriotic and cowardly tendencies manifested when he was deployed for a mission to counter Boko Haram Terrorists’ attack and save the lives of innocent Nigerians, in so doing.
However, against extant military laws, the dismissed soldier disobeyed and led other cowardly soldiers to disobey duly constituted authority. Ahunanya still displayed his criminal tendency in his video, as he disparaged the Nigerian Army to spike sympathy and whip up the sentiment to lure unsuspecting members of the public to raise funds for his criminal activities by posting his bank account details alongside his video. This is evidently an attempt to financially hoodwink members of the public. Please be warned.
On the issues raised concerning the efficacy of weapons and their effective ranges, it is important to state that the Nigerian Army is an organized Army that conforms to the dictates of International Laws of Armed Conflict and Institutionalized Order of Battle. Our Troops are not terrorists or Insurgents who could use all manner of unlawful and unconventional arms. The Nigerian Army operates, following universally accepted Doctrines and Order of Battle. Our Troops are better trained, equipped, and professional in the conduct of campaigns and operations.
Therefore, it is surprising that Ahunanya compared a group of misguided elements operating under the influence of drugs and twisted ideologies to Nigerian Army Troops. It is also sad and unfortunate that a respected media organization would publish and promote such distorted narratives without recourse to the authorities of the Nigerian Army. These actions are undoubtedly, calculated attempts to denigrate the Nigerian Army and undermine the sacrifices of patriotic Troops, who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country.
It must also be pointed out, that while the military is very much receptive to constructive criticism, it should not be perceived as an opportunity for promoting demeaning and vilifying media content that have the potential to embolden criminals and dampen Troops’ morale. Suffice to reiterate that the psychological impact of misinformation and fake news are grievous and inimical to national security. Organised media are critical stakeholders in promoting national security and should therefore not allow unscrupulous elements to take undue advantage of them,
Again, the general public is hereby warned not to fall for Ahunanya’s gimmicks, as it is an attempt to defraud innocent Nigerians.”