- The Nigerian military has been commended for investigating the allegation of fishing and farming activities by troops serving in the northeast region
- The commendation was made by a former spokesperson for the Nigerian army Sani Usman
- Usman described the investigation by the military as 'swift'
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A retired spokesperson for the Nigerian army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, has reacted to an allegation that troops of the Nigerian military have been engaged in farming and fishing activities in the northeast region of Nigeria.
Usman also commended the Nigerian military for a swift probe into the allegation that soldiers are involved in such activities.
Speaking as a guest on a television programme, “Journalists' Hangout” on Television Continental (TVC), Usman said the military must be applauded for rising up to the occasion by expeditiously investigating such an allegation.
He said a board of inquiry spearheaded by a major general has come out with its findings and "rubbished those allegations".
Usman said: "Realistically, agriculture takes time. The fringes are littered with IEDs and as at today, the troops detonated 17 such IEDs. What time do they have to engage in such? More so, there is no population to help them.”
Also attributing the allegations to some overzealous security operatives eager to pass information to their superiors without verification or reaching out to their colleagues on the ground, Usman said the such should be discountenanced.
Speaking on the spike in activities of bandits in some parts of Niger and Kaduna states, the former director of army public relations said that any keen observer would notice that the military is making frantic efforts to stamp out remnants of bandits from the northwest.
According to him, the several operations under the auspices of Operation Sahel Sanity are yielding results aplenty as the criminal elements are now fleeing to neighbouring states.
Usman called on Nigerians, particularly those in the affected regions to support the troops flush out these bandits from their territories.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a peace group in Yobe state has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his effort in the fight against insurgency in Nigeria
The group said the since assuming office in 2014 has ensured attacks in the various communities of the state were brought to an end.
According to the group, Yobe was among the worst-hit states during the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency between 2014 and 2015.
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