The attention of the Nigerian Navy has been drawn to a news story in the 1st January, 2022 edition of the Vanguard newspaper over the detention of one Petty Officer Abubukar AJ since 29 November 2020.
In a statement by Commodore Suleiman Dahun, Director Information, Nigerian Navy on Tuesday stated that the news story claimed that the rating’s health has been deteriorating since his detention over an undisclosed offence and that his family has suffered untold hardship arising therefrom.
The statement reads: The Nigerian Navy wishes to confirm that the rating is currently being court martialled for alleged involvement in arms theft and sale.
” Contrary to the impression created in the Vanguard news story, the rating is hale and hearty and has been attending the ongoing court-martial.
In the statement, Nigerian Navy enjoined members of the public to disregard the news story and the attempt to stir public sympathy and sentiments over the issue.
” It is to be noted that a court-martial is a routine military disciplinary process constituted by a competent authority to try personnel involved in acts of gross misconduct”, the further maintained.