Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has reacted to a video that broke online earlier of a couple of soldiers cursing and insulting the Chief of Army Staff Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai after they were ambushed which led to the death of 2 soldiers and 3 others injured.
It was further learnt that a recovery truck, carrying troops and a water tanker that ran into the IED was destroyed by fire in the ambush in which 3 Boko Haram terrorists were also neutralized.
The Defence Headquarters said the outburst by the soldiers in the video making rounds online was expected of soldiers who got overwhelmed by the tension, pressure of being on the frontline. The soldiers in the videos have been identified, and are expected to undergo observation and counselling.
The statement added that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain unwavering in its quest to end the terrorism and will do everything possible to ensure the traumatic incident/outburst is not repeated.
The full statement reads;
OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE TROOPS ON PATROL ENCOUNTER IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE/TERRORISTS AMBUSH EIGHT KILOMETRES AHEAD OF BUNI-GARI, YOBE STATE
The Troops of Combat Team 1, Operation KANTANA JIMLAN on long range admin patrol along Buni Yadi – Buni Gari axis encountered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices and Boko Haram Terrorists’ ambush, eight kilometres ahead of Buni-Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State on the 18 of May 2020.
Two soldiers paid the supreme price and three other soldiers sustained injuries as a result of the IED explosion. Additionally, 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 unconfirmed number escaped with various degrees of injury.
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, hard work and resilience.
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