Two senior officers – a major and a captain – are being held by the Nigerian Army in connection to the alleged sabotage of the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North-East.
On Wednesday, a source in the military revealed that the Army authorities were intensifying efforts to rid the service of saboteurs in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations.
The Army had commenced a careful but discreet investigation into the activities of some of its personnel after the Boko Haram attack on troops’ location in Gashigar, on October 22, 2016.
In a statement issued last Saturday, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, had stated that 13 soldiers were wounded during a surprise Boko Haram attack on troops at Gashigar in the north of Borno State.
The Amy spokesman also added that some soldiers were missing after the attack, but did not give the exact number of those missing during the Gashigar attack.
The news of the missing soldiers during the Gashigar attack left both President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, greatly alarmed.
This led to the Army embarking on a discreet investigation into the telephone conversation of some of the security personnel and their civilian counterparts and uncovered some suspicious activities through the screening.
A military source said on Wednesday that the Army was intensifying investigation to unravel two established cases against the arrested suspects, which were the leakage of information on troops’ movement to the insurgents and the raising of funds to finance Boko Haram operations through cattle rustling.
The military source said:
“The President was furious and discussed the matter with the COAS when some of the heads of that units were ambushed by the Boko Haram.
“The Army leadership took out time to screen the communications lines of the officers for several days without making it known.
“The suspicion was that they have links with some civilians and the links were traced. They are giving them vital information concerning the movement of soldiers.
“How come that the Borno State Governor and other officials have not been attacked, yet they ambushed the Chief of Army Staff. They have not attacked civilians but they attacked the COAS.”
When contacted, the Army spokesman said:
“Investigation is ongoing and once we conclude, the suspects would be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.”