Posted on Sun 14 Jul 2019, 09:29 AM

The heavy attack of Boko Haram fighters on 157 Task Force Battalion, Metele village, in the Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State is still claiming casualties, 8 months after the incident occured.

There is not accurate number of soldiers killed in the attack in November, 2018, but a conservative figure of 70 was reported which include army commander, Lt. Col. Ibrahim Sakaba.

Now the Nigerian Army has sacked 8 soldiers who were found to have disappeared after the incident and resurfaced a month after.

Punch reports that on April 19, 2019, the Acting Commanding Officer, 157 Task Force Battalion, Major UI Lezuya, ordered a regimental inquiry to ascertain the circumstances that led to their AWOL and subsequent reappearance.

The names of the  affected soldiers were not disclosed but their ranks ranged from private, lance corporal to corporal with their length of service between five and 11 years.

According to the Punch, the punishment is considered harsh by some un-named military officers.

“It was glaring that the soldiers are ready to continue to defend their fatherland with their remorseful manner during the trial. They should have been de-ranked, imprisoned or handed high labour. Their dismissal is too harsh. I urge the army authorities to look into the matter.

“They can appeal the court-martial. They can get a lawyer to write to the Nigerian Army headquarters on their behalf. There are also desks where such communication is referred. If indeed they feel it was a kangaroo trial, they know where to go, certainly.”

Meanwhile, Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, is yet to confirm the development.











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