- The claim that not less than 847 soldiers has been lost to Boko Haram insurgents has not met any acceptance with the military
- The Nigerian Army, on Wednesday, October 16, asked Senator Ali Ndume, who made the claim to back his submission with facts
- However, the military said that its victory over insurgency in the northeast has been very costly
The Nigerian Army (NA) has responded to the claim by Ali Ndume, the chairman of the Senate committee on Army to prove that the force has lost 847 soldiers to Boko Haram insurgents.
Although Ndume had claimed that the figure was extracted from the military in Borno state, the NA has denied the report, This Day reports.
The NA, through its spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, called on the senator to substantiate his claim with verifiable evidence.
Speaking to journalist on Wednesday, October 16, Musa said: “If he says so, then he should substantiate. What is his source? Let him provide it."
Moreover, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman of Defence Headquarters, said that victory of military against insurgency in the northeast has been at a very high price, adding that he cannot does not know the figures of casualties.
Nwachukwu said: "We’ve had human and equipment’s casualties in combating terrorism and insurgency.
"The Armed Forces has paid the supreme price to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, as well as guarantee the protection and safety of Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ndume on Tuesday, October 15, said that the slain soldiers were buried in a cemetery in Maiduguri.
He went on to say that it took a period of six years to reach the number of casualties in the military.
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