Retirement of 365 soldiers has nothing to do with Boko Haram - Report

Retirement of 365 soldiers has nothing to do with Boko Haram - Report

- A recent report by the Independent Monitors Project on Wednesday, July 15, condemned claims that 365 soldiers of the Nigerian army retired due to low morale

- The report said contrary to the claims, troops of the Nigerian army and the military are in high spirits

- The group said there is a strong level of teamwork in the operations of the troops in the frontlines with a detailed command structure

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A report by the Independent Monitors Project (IMP) has condemned insinuations that 365 soldiers retired due to low morale in the fight against Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists.

The IMP's report said after a week-long extensive investigation and assessment of the northeast, it discovered that contrary to speculations, the troops are in high spirits, dedicated and committed to winning the war.

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The report signed by a special rapporteur, Udo Toby, revealed that a bulk of the soldiers voluntarily disengaged on health grounds while others reached the 35-year statutory age for retirement.

It also said that the soldiers' retirement had nothing to do with Boko Haram war as widely speculated in the media.

These followed claims in a trending report in the media that 365 soldiers recently tendered their letters of resignation over the loss of interest and low morale.

Retirement of 365 soldiers has nothing to do with Boko Haram - Report
Some military troops combing Boko Haram enclaves in the northeast. Photo credit: Nigerian army
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IMP also commended the troops for remaining patriotic, steadfast and resilient. It also urged the leadership of the Nigerian military to always engage the media with information.

The project said such information when made available to the media will help keep them abreast of the activities of agents of the Boko Haram group.

The report said the news alleged that the "so-called" retirement of soldiers action has dampened the morale of troops and consequently led to lethargy and responsible for the recent attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

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The report added that there is a strong level of teamwork in the operations of the troops in the frontlines with a detailed command structure.

It said this move by the army has yielded the desired result in zeroing the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group to the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin region.

IMP said its team observed what was on the ground which was a professional fighting force exhibiting a very high level of dedication and commitment.

It said the team of soldiers were dedicated to winning the war against the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Meanwhile, reported that two soldiers of the Nigerian military were rescued from Boko Haram fighters by some police officers.

The soldiers were said to have been earlier abducted by terrorists operating in the northeast region of Nigeria.

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The operation was carried out by police officers attached to the police counter-terrorism unit who chased the terrorists away.

It was gathered two soldiers were killed in the attack while the others were kidnapped by the terrorists who carted away two military gun trucks, AK 47 rifles and unspecified numbers of ammunition.

In other news, soldiers of the Nigerian military at the frontline of the battle against Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists have boasted about their motivation.

The soldiers said they are willing to fight terrorism and all forms of violent crimes in the country.

A civil society organisation, Citizens Against Fake Activists (CAFA) has called on lawmakers of the ninth National Assembly to amend the nation's anti-terror legislation to dish out stiffer penalties, on fake activists and others who aid and abet terrorism in Nigeria.

CAFA said this conclusion was reached after a thorough evaluation of the ongoing war against terrorism in the northeastern part of Nigeria and other security breaches across the country.

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The organisation said some individuals and groups are currently sabotaging the efforts of the troops.

It said has resolved to expose these activists working for the interest of foreign governments while also championing the sponsorship of a bill to amend the terrorism act.

Also, the Nigerian military has said it is taking steps to prevent soldiers from contracting the disease.

The Nigerian military assured that the necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that no military personnel contracts the disease.

According to the military, armed forces medical services are on high alert and are daily monitoring those who report sick in any of the medical facilities.

The DHQ said it is already doing to prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever in Barracks communities as the military has since commenced vigorous sensitization and awareness campaign in military Cantonments and barracks.

It said the aim of the campaign is to enlighten personnel and their families on preventive sanitary and hygienic measures to halt the spread of Coronavirus.

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It was also gathered that hands sanitizers are already being installed for use by guests as well as personnel in office complexes.

In the same vein, the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said members of the Boko Haram terrorist group now operates in the country just like an industry.

The Senate president said that the group currently has its members from several religions and nations.

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