- The Nigerian army said it has commenced a probe into allegations that soldiers are now "fishing and farming in Borno state"
- The allegation came up after the attack on Governor Babangana Zulum's convoy in Baga by suspected terrorists
- Army also said it would look into an allegation of exportation of fish from the Lake Chad water
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Many heads may roll should the Nigerian Army eventually find out that some of the soldiers who belong to the Operation Lafia Dole troop are now engaged in fishing and farming business in Borno state.
It would be recalled that following the attack on Governor Babangana Umara Zulum of Borno by suspected Boko Haram members in Baga, a former violence-ravaged community in the state, there has been a face-off between the army and governor.
Governor Zulum, after escaping the nightmare, had berated the army over alleged sabotage and accused them of being the masterminds behind the attack.
Although the Defence Headquarters disagreed with the governor, many allegations are trailing the incident that has put the Nigerian military's integrity to question.
One of the questions raised is that operatives of the Operation Lafia Dole are now involved in the fishing activities going on in the lake chad which is reportedly captured by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The army stated that an investigation has commenced, with the force also assuring that it will conduct a probe into the allegation of exportation of fish from the Lake Chad water.
Major General Felix Omoigui, the deputy theatre commander of Operation Lafiya dole, will be leading the probe panel of investigation for two days.
“There was an allegation that soldiers are involved in farming activities fishing and trading of fish and other farm produce from here to Maiduguri and other places and the Chief of Army Staff got wind of this and being that he has zero-tolerance for infractions like this he mandated us to come for a fact-finding mission to ascertain whether the allegations are true,” Omoigui said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a civil society organisation, Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ), on Monday, August 3, called for an urgent probe into the attack on the convoy of Governor Zulum by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
The coalition urged the Nigerian military to investigate and make public, its findings on what transpired while the governor was on a trip to Monguno and Baga for the distribution of food to some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
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