Mailamari Barracks the barracks where some soldiers shot their commander for sending their comrades on a dangerously unnecessary journey is now home to a second mutiny. Brigadier General M.Y. Ibrahim, the newly posted General Officer Commanding got a taste of soldiers’ fury on Thursday afternoon as angry soldiers stormed his office to demand that he pay their allowances and reinstate motorbikes to transport them and members of their families within the barrack.
It is reported that the soldiers’ second act of mutiny in two weeks began around 3:00 p.m. The angry soldiers blew a whistle, and most of the rank and file gathered at a spot before they marched en masse to the 7th Division headquarters building where the GOC’s office is located.
The sources said the soldiers shot in the air as they marched and chanted “We no gree oh, we no gree!” The new GOC had banned motorbikes and the common tricycles known as Keke NAPEP in Maiduguri from the barracks. This resulted in making transportation very difficult for the soldiers and instigated the act of protest. Once they arrived at the GOC’s office, the protesting soldiers decided to give him a dose of the experience of navigating within the barracks without motorcycles. They ordered the Major General to come outside the building, pushing and shoving him and forced him to trek all through the barracks.
The angry soldiers also demanded the payment of their N100, 000 furniture allowance which, according to them, was long overdue.
One of the soldiers who spoke to SaharaReporters stated that he and his colleagues want military authorities to be more focused in their approach to the war against Boko Haram. “We can finish them [Boko Haram] without difficulty, but the commanders don’t give us enough weapons for operations. And they send only a few of us to fight hundreds of Boko Haram fighters,” he said.