By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI—Military authorities have confirmed the protests and indiscriminate shootings at Maiduguri International Airport by some soldiers deployed to Marte Local Government Area of Borno State to fight Boko Haram terrorists.
The aggrieved soldiers had kicked against the deployment, asking why they were not sent back to their families after over three years in Borno State.
Marte is about 120 kilometres from Maiduguri that shares border with Chad Republic and is one of the areas under Boko Haram’s control.
A statement, yesterday, by spokesman of Operation Lafiya Dole and Deputy Director, Public Relations, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said: “The Theatre Command on Sunday night witnessed a riotous reaction from a few unscrupulous troops, while conducting a redeployment of troops who are currently deployed at the Maiduguri Airport, following a directive to review troops’ deployment in Maiduguri metropolis in a bid to reinvigorate the security architecture of the city.
“The redeployment became expedient after a recent assessment of the security situation by the Theatre Command. Regrettably however, a few of the troops who had misunderstood the development and erroneously assumed it was going to negatively affect their rotation from the theatre of operation, became agitated and reacted by firing into the air.
“Calm has been restored, as the Theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko, has taken charge of the situation after admonishing the troops.”