Reports have emerged that the Nigerian Army will be dismissing over 4,000 soldiers for allegedly insubordination to fight Boko Haram terrorists.
According to The Cable, one of the affected soldiers who confirmed this revelation stated that the men are accused of flouting orders to fight terrorists during an operation conducted in Mubi, Adamawa state, in 2014.
He said the men be dismissed without trial.
“We are accused of disobeying orders to fight insurgents and also for allowing them to takeover Mubi town the last time. The army headquarters sent signal for our dismissal,” he said.
It was learnt that soldiers who allegedly failed to participate in the Mubi operation were from the second division, Ibadan, made up of 200 soldiers, first division, Kaduna, which has about 500 soldiers, and “some from the third division, Jos, among others”.
The source revealed that about 227 soldiers from the third division in Jos and four soldiers from the Lokoja division had already been dismissed.
“We are now facing a fresh allegation of supporting General Buhari during the last election. We have also been accused of celebrating Buhari’s victory,” he said.
The soldier has called on authorities to intervene in the matter, investigate it and save their jobs.
However, Colonel Sani Usman, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, has dismissed allegations by saying:
“I am not aware where you got the information from, and I am sure there is no such plan. How can the army sack people like that? There is a standard operational procedure if anybody is accused of anything. First and foremost, the person has to be charged and tried before a sentence will be passed.
“To the best of my knowledge, there is no such thing. I do not know where you got the number. Four thousand soldiers? For what?” Usman concluded.