Drama As Angry Nigerian Soldiers Shoot Into The Air To Protest Poor Equipment, Unpaid Allowances In Borno

Some Nigerian soldiers from an unnamed battalion in Operation Lafiya Dole have protested their posting to a position in the Theatre of Operation, according to a Channels Television story.

Following their redeployment, the disgruntled soldiers at the Maimalari barracks stormed the Theatre Command headquarters in Borno State, firing sporadically into the air.

Nonpayment of allowances and insufficient facilities were cited as reasons for their revolt.

When Marte was captured last month, a whole unit that went for reinforcement perished under the enemy’s superior weaponry, according to some soldiers who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Colonel Ado Isa, the media coordinator for Operation Lafiya Dole, confirmed the incident.

While blaming the protest on the soldiers’ minor admin/welfare, he said the issues were promptly addressed.

This protest is coming on the heels of a statement made by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, that billions of naira meant for purchasing arms and ammunition could not be accounted for.

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According to the NSA, the funds were released during the time of the last set of service chiefs but the current set could not explain the whereabouts of the funds or equipment.

No less than $1 billion was released for the procurement according to Monguno, a retired Major General.

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