Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has ordered an immediate investigation into the alleged maltreatment of civilian workers at Command Secondary School Iyana Ipaja, Lagos State.
This directive was announced in a statement issued on Tuesday by Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations.

The statement clarified that the investigation order was in response to concerns raised by the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) regarding the treatment of civilian workers at the school.

The Chief of Army Staff, committed to upholding the rights of all personnel, including civilian staff, has tasked the Provost Marshal (Army) with conducting a thorough and impartial investigation into the incident.

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The investigation aims to address all allegations raised by the ASCSN, focusing on ensuring accountability and justice for all parties involved.

The statement emphasized the Nigerian Army’s recognition of the vital role civilian staff play in supporting its operations and administration, and its dedication to fostering a positive and respectful working environment for all personnel.

While acknowledging the possibility of misunderstandings or miscommunications, the statement noted that the ongoing investigation is intended to provide clarity and implement measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The Nigerian Army reaffirmed its commitment to upholding the rule of law and respecting the rights of all employees, including their fundamental rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Additionally, the statement highlighted that the Army is actively engaging with the Ministry of Defence and the ASCSN to address any outstanding issues and promote a cordial working relationship and industrial harmony.

Open communication and collaboration are seen as key to resolving challenges, and the Army is fully committed to these principles.

As the investigation proceeds, the Nigerian Army urges all parties to avoid premature judgments or spreading misinformation.

Trust in the process is essential, and the Army is confident that the investigation will provide a clear and accurate understanding of the situation, facilitating appropriate and fair actions.

The Army appreciates the patience and understanding of all stakeholders as it diligently works to address these concerns.