Posted: Friday 13th June 2014 at 20:58 pm

GOC Orders Arrest Of Deserted Soldiers

Major General JS Zaruwa, the General Officer Commanding the 3rd Army Division in Jos on Friday ordered the arrest of soldiers who deserted Biita, Borno State after Boko Haram retaliation attack.

Soldiers on patrol

Soldiers On Patrol

The GOC gave the command when he paid a visit to his home in the area and discovered that soldiers where roaming the streets of Michika, Adamawa State.

It would be recalled that last week, soldiers killed about 50 insurgents members at Biita in an ambushed, after which the Islamist sect carried out a revenge mission.  

According to SaharaRepoters, the GOC saw the soldiers with their riffles hung on their back in a popular brothel called “Bolingo”, and in a reaction told the commanding Officer of the Special Operations Battalion who is also the commanding officer, Lt. Colonel BMG Martins to call his men to order or place them under arrest.

It was gathered that the commanding officer then ordered some unit commanders to restraint the soldiers but unfortunately nothing was done. 

However, a team of the army involved in intelligence gathering in the area revealed that discipline has become a problem among the soldiers in the area as most of them no longer listen to their superiors and unconditionally abandoning fighting positions.

The deserted soldiers, whom the Islamist sect drove from their posts in Biita and Izge-Damboa in Borno state, on their own part explained that there was not enough equipment to fight the terrorist, revealing that the army has only one functioning armored tank in the whole area, and it has been deployed to Vimtin, Mubi local government area of Adamawa State which happens to be the hometown of Air Vice Marshal Alex Badeh, Nigeria’s Chief of Defense Staff. The soldiers insisted on staying in Michika until they were adequately equipped. 


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