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Soldiers in trouble over Maiduguri airport rebellion, to face court martial

Soldiers in trouble over Maiduguri airport rebellion, to face court martial

- Some Nigerian soldiers who recently embarked on a protest at the Maiduguri airport in Borno state, are now in a serious trouble

- The army specifically warned that it would not tolerate any act of mutiny from soldiers engaged in counter-terrorism operations in the north east

- The theatre commander in charge of Operation Lafiya Dole, Abbah Dikko, who gave the warning said the bedrock of their service as soldiers is discipline

The Nigerian Army has condemned the recent protest by some aggrieved soldiers who were allegedly shooting at the Maiduguri Airport, Borno state to complain about their deployment to another local government area in the state.

Daily Sun reports that the army while reminding the troops of their oath of recruitment when they voluntarily joined the service said it would set up a General Court Martial (GCM) to try them.

Legit.ng gathered that the army specifically warned that it would not tolerate any act of mutiny from soldiers engaged in counter-terrorism operations in the north east.

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Theatre commander in charge of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Abbah Dikko, gave the warning during a lunch at the Maiduguri Military Command Centre over the weekend.

Dikko said: “You have decided to put your life on the line for the territorial integrity of Nigeria. So, it is very important that we are reminded of our roles and responsibilities to the nation and our responsibility to the society, most importantly our responsibility to ourselves because we are not a conscript army. We are a regular military.

“Those who have volunteered to serve, and that is the only time you will volunteer, subsequently having offered your service, it is the responsibility of the service to deploy you where they find you appropriate.

“So, it is important that we continue to retain our professional comportment so that we can serve diligently. It’s important that we uphold the values and ethics of the system that we belong to.”

“It is also important that we understand it is a service to our fatherland. It is not a service to ourselves.

“The bedrock of your service as a soldier is discipline. A soldier must remain disciplined at all times. A soldier must obey instructions.”

While noting that the soldiers who protested at the Maiduguri Airport would be disciplined in accordance with military law, the theatre commander said, “We don’t punish in the military. We discipline. Discipline is the bedrock of the job. If there is no discipline, then we can’t have an army. So, if a soldier errs, he must be corrected.

“We are focused and doing what we are supposed to do in order to finish the assignment that we were given. No matter what it takes, we will do it professionally. Everybody is motivated and well catered for.

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“There are some that are not here and you don’t know what they’re going through. You cannot say you’ve heard them complaining that they’re not in the townships. Some are in locations that are out of reach. So, we must understand the difficult times we find ourselves.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that some soldiers serving in Rivers state invaded some communities in Abua, Abua-Odual local government area of the state following the killing of one of their colleagues.

A soldier, a police officer and a civilian were killed during a failed kidnap attempt on two expatriate workers of an oil company. Reports said the soldier in a swift response to the killing of their colleagues stormed the communities as early as 4am on Saturday, August 25.

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