Defence & Security

Major who committed suicide was never court-martialed, Army says

By Paul Michael

The Nigerian Army has denied the growing rumour that one of its senior officers, Major UJ Udiandeye, committed suicide because he was being investigated and interrogated by a military court-martialed in 1 Division, Kaduna.

Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement obtained by The Trumpet on Wednesday, said the insinuation was obnoxious and untrue, thereby describing those peddling it as unscrupulous elements who want to malign the Army. The Trumpet Gathered

Brig-Gen Nwachukwu said the late Major has an unblemished career without any cause to face a disciplinary panel. He added that the Army has constituted an appropriate Board of Inquiry to ascertain what led him to commit suicide.

He said, “The Nigerian Army (NA) has observed an obnoxious insinuation making the rounds on social media, alleging that late Major Udiandeye Jeremiah Udiadenye, terminated his life through suicide because he was being interrogated or investigated by a military court-martial in 1 Division, Kaduna.

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“Having lost one of its finest officers, the authorities of the Nigerian Army feel deeply concerned that unscrupulous persons under whatever guise would employ such sad occurrence to malign their own Army.

“Nevertheless, for the sake of posterity, it needs to 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.

“The NA belongs to the Nigerian people and remains obligated to work along with established guidelines as a responsible corporate entity. The general public is urged to disregard the ignorant piece making the rounds, please.”

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