Soldiers in Borno State are protesting over inability of the Nigerian government to provide them with enough equipments and Unpaid Allowances.
According to Channels Television, the angry soldiers at the Maimalari barracks besieged the headquarters of the Theatre Command in Borno State, were shooting sporadically into the air on Thursday night following their redeployment. Citing nonpayment of allowances and poor equipment as reasons for their protests.
Some of the soldiers who spoke under anonymity stated how a whole unit that went for reinforcement when Marte was captured last month, perished under the superior firepower of the enemy forces.
The Media Coordinator for Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, confirmed the incident.
While blaming the protest on the soldiers’ minor admin/welfare, he said the issues were promptly addressed.
This protest is coming on the heels of a statement made by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, that billions of naira meant for purchasing arms and ammunition could not be accounted for.
According to the NSA, the funds were released during the time of the last set of service chiefs but the current set could not explain the whereabouts of the funds or equipment.