Friday, 12 February 2016

Nigerian Soldiers In Borno Refuse To Fight Boko Haram Due To Unpaid Salary Allowance

Nigerian soldiers stationed in Borno, Northeast of Nigeria are resisting deployment to battle over unpaid allowances, a military source has told Nigerian Times.The source also disclosed that the soldiers were equally angry over the recent secret burial
of some of their colleagues who were killed in battle in a town in Borno State.

The soldiers Nigerian Times learnt, have not been paid their allowances since November 2015, a development that is cause serious disquiet in military circles particularly in the 7 Division in Maiduguri.

This paper learnt that the soldiers who have from unofficial sources heard that they would be going into battle to liberate a Boko Haram controlled territory, have vowed not to move until the backlog of their allowances are cleared.

Last week, a news website reported that the Boko Haram have been in control of Damasak, capital of Mobbar Local Government area in Borno State since
November 2015.

This position was corroborated on Saturday when Baba Kaka Garbai, a Senator representing the Borno
Central Senatorial District, said the terrorists were in control of as much as half of Borno State.

Garbai, who made this assertion when donating relief materials to residents of Dalori village, where they insurgents struck last week killing nearly 100 people,
said the Boko Haram and the military are each in control of three local governments, with the terrorists exerting more authorityin the other 21 local governments.

“Mobbar, Abadam and Kala Balge are 100 percent occupied by the insurgents. There are some local governments that are partially occupied by the insurgents especially as the local government secretariats have been liberated but their hither-lands are still controlled by the insurgents,” he said.

“From my count, only three local government are fully liberated, 21 local governments partially occupied by insurgents, that is there is still some level of Boko Haram occupation side by side the military or any other constituted authority.

The local government fully occupied by Boko Haram are Abadam, Mobbar and Kala Balge.”
“I will like to appeal to the military to intensify their effort in ensuring they beef up security around the villages and communities that share borders with Maiduguri metropolis. It is very important and more so that this place is porous, there could be attack
from any direction,” he explained.

The Senator refuted claims by the Federal
Government that the Boko Haram had been degraded noting that besides Maiduguri, the other two local governments to have been fully liberated were Bayo and Kwaya Kusar local government areas.

“We should not live under the illusion that Boko Haram are decimated or weaken, these are not reality and neither a true reflection of the reality. The reality is that most of the local government in Borno is partially occupied by Boko Haram,” the Senator advised.


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