Two soldiers killed, 2 others to face counsel for speaking against Nigerian Army

Chuks Oyema-Aziken

Grumbling over the death of two of their colleagues may have caused two soldiers of the Combat Team 1, Operation KANTANA JIMLAN to make uncomplimentary remarks about the Nigerian Army and her leadership, which was released on the social media.

A statement from the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, said the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) will observe and counsel the two soldiers who were among troops that escaped multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Boko Haram Terrorist attacks along the Buni Yadi – Buni Gari axi.

Enenche said the troops were on a long range admin patrol when the incident happened eight kilometers ahead of Buni-Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State on the 18 of May 2020.

Two soldiers dead and three others sustained injuries in the attack. Three of the terrorists also died.
The DMO said a recovery truck, one troops carrying vehicle and a water tanker that ran into the IED were destroyed by fire.

“Three terrorists were neutralized while uncomfirmed number escaped with various degrees of injury,” the DMO stated.

“However, due to mental snap/distress occasioned by fog of war, two of the soldiers who escaped the IED and terrorists’ ambush recorded the incident with uncomplimentary remarks, about the Nigerian Army and her leadership, which was released on the social media.

“Although this kind of outburst is expected in war, the soldiers involved have been identified and would undergo observation and counselling.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain unwavering in its quest to end the terrorism and will do everything possible to ensure there is no repeat of this kind of traumatic incident/outburst.

“The Military High Command commends troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their unwavering determination, hardwork and resilience.”

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