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Army Arrests Recruit Candidates Who Fraudulently Claimed Lagos As State of Origin


The Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu has stated that the arrest of some fraudulent candidates of the ongoing 86 Regular Recruits Intake is as a result of the commitment of the Nigerian Army (NA) in upholding a transparent and credible recruitment process in line with its core values of integrity and fairness.

Onyema in a press statement revealed that the fraudulent candidates were caught attempting to cheat indigenous candidates of Lagos State through dubious means.

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He also disclosed that a video of the arrest of the candidates that is in circulation on social media is a pointer to one of the processes to which the candidates were subjected, in order to ensure only true indigenes of a particular State are recruited, using the slots of that state and not non- indigenes.

The Director of Army Public Relations added that the video in itself clearly shows that the process is transparent, as the State Representative, who is a prominent member of the recruitment team has been part and parcel of the process and was given unhindered access to do her job by scrutinizing the candidates’ State of origin, to ascertain the genuineness of their indigeneship claims.

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He declared that thorough investigations will be carried out in order to fish out the individuals and syndicates involved in the fraudulent act.


” The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to a circulating video on social media depicting the arrest of some fraudulent candidates of the ongoing 86 Regular Recruits Intake, who were caught attempting to short-change indigenous candidates of Lagos State through dubious means”.

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” We wish to inform the general public that the fraudulent act perpetrated by the three candidates who attempted to secure vacancies designated for candidates with Lagos State indigeneship is a serious breach of our recruitment process and will not be condoned”.

” The duty of the State Representative is to identify non-indigenes amongst candidates applying for recruitment and this is applicable in other States of the Federation”.

” We want to assure the public that a thorough investigation will be conducted to ascertain the extent of these fraudulent activities and to identify any individual(s) or unscrupulous syndicate(s) involved. We are dedicated to ensuring that only the most qualified and deserving candidates are selected to serve in the NA”.

” The NA will continue to work closely with relevant authorities to ensure that those responsible for this misconduct are held accountable. The culprits involved will be handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency. The NA is committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that justice is served in this matter”.

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” Consequently, we urge all prospective candidates to adhere to the principles of honesty and integrity throughout the recruitment process, as any attempt to manipulate the recruitment process will be met with the full force of the law”.

“The NA remains resolute in its mission to recruit the best and most deserving individuals to serve our nation. We appreciate the support and cooperation of the public, as we work to maintain the integrity of our recruitment process”.



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