The Nigerian Army has called on members of the public to ignore an advert purportedly seeking to enlist young Nigerians into the army.
Maj. Nsima Essien, Assistant Director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, Directorate of Army Recruitment, Resettlement, and Reserve (DARRR), said this in a statement issued on Sunday, July 12, in Port Harcourt.
Essien, who said that the fake recruitment exercise was the handiwork of fraudsters; also warned aspiring applicants against falling prey to the scam.
She said: “The attention of the DARRR has been drawn to the circulation of fake recruitment form for 2020/2021; obtained through the web link: http://recruitment.army.mil.ng.
“The website is purportedly seeking the enlistment of citizens into the Nigerian Army.”
“The directorate wishes to inform the public that the recruitment form in circulation is fake; and the web link is not the official website of DARRR.”
Essien pointed out that the DARRR recruitment portal had not been opened to applicants seeking to enlist for 80 regular intake into the army.
“So the public is hereby requested to note that all information related to DARRR can be accessed; through its official website: https://recruitment.army.mil.ng.”
“To this end, this disclaimer, therefore, serves as timely notice for the public to beware of the scam,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army in a letter addressed to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, on Saturday, July 11, confirmed that no fewer than 356 soldiers in the North-East and other theatres of operation have applied for voluntary retirement; citing “loss of interest” as their reason for disengagement.
1st News gathered that the soldiers wrote to Buratai on July 3, 2020, under Reference NA/COAS/001; also quoting the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service soldiers/rating/airmen (Revised) 2017.
In response, the approval of the voluntary resignation of the soldiers was contained in a 17-page circular from Buratai, AHQ DOAA/G1/300/92; signed by Brig Gen T.E. Gagariga for the army chief.
Based on the details contained in the letter, the majority of the soldiers cited a loss of interest; as their rationale behind the decision to quit the Army.
Military sources, however, linked this decision to loss of morale; poor weapons; unimproved allowances; and also the continuous loss of soldiers to Boko Haram attacks.
Since the beginning of 2020, Boko Haram onslaughts on military locations in the North-East have also intensified with large casualties on the part of troops of the Nigerian Army.