Army constitutes Board of Inquiry to unravel cause of Major Udiandeye suicide




The Nigerian Army (NA) has constituted a Board of Inquiry to ascertain why late Major Udiandeye Jeremiah Udiadenye terminated his life through suicide.

Blueprint report that late Udiadenye, the Commanding Officer of 167 Special Forces Battalion at Giri took his life at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) gate in Kaduna.

 Army spokesperson Brig- Gen Onyema Owachukwu in a statement Tuesday night, denied reports that he terminated his life through suicide because he was being interrogated or investigated by a military court martial in 1 Division, Kaduna.

He said the late senior officer had an unblemished career in the military and never needed to face any disciplinary process.

The statement reads in part: “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.

“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 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 established guidelines as a responsible corporate entity. The general public is urged to deny the ignorant piece making the rounds please.”

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