Nigerian Army To Dismiss 4,000 Soldiers Over Boko Haram
About 4,000 Nigerian soldiers will be allegedly dismissed for disobeying orders to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
One of the affected soldiers has told The Cable that the army men are accused of flouting orders to fight terrorists in the operation conducted in Mubi, Adamawa state, in 2014.
Meanwhile, tension is reportedly growing in the Northeast as soldiers and their families are in suppressed agitation over the possibility of being axed.
According to one of the accused soldiers, the army men will be dismissed without trial.
“We are accused of disobeying orders to fight insurgents and also for allowing them to takeover Mubi town the last time. The army headquarters sent signal for our dismissal,” he said.
The source further explained that soldiers who allegedly failed to participate in the Mubi operation were from the second division, Ibadan, made up of 200 soldiers; first division, Kaduna, which has about 500 soldiers, and “some from the third division, Jos, among others”.
The source revealed that about 227 soldiers from the third division in Jos and four soldiers from the Lokoja division had been already dismissed.
“We are now facing a fresh allegation of supporting General Buhari during the last election. We have also been accused of celebrating Buhari’s victory,” he said.
The soldier has called on authorities to intervene in the matter, investigate it and save their jobs.
However, Colonel Sani Usman, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, has dismissed allegations by saying:
“I am not aware where you got the information from, and I am sure there is no such plan. How can the army sack people like that? There is a standard operational procedure if anybody is accused of anything. First and foremost, the person has to be charged and tried before a sentence will be passed.
“To the best of my knowledge, there is no such thing. I do not know where you got the number. Four thousand soldiers? For what?” Usman wondered.
Meanwhile, a group of Nigerian soldiers, called themselves as patriotic offices, wrote a letter to Goodluck Jonathan. The soldiers accused the president of imposition of unprofessional generals in the Nigerian military stressing that money budgeted to fight terrorists was actually spent arming the terrorists.