Updated: Nigerian Army denies 101 soldiers ran away from Boko Haram fight

Updated: Nigerian Army denies 101 soldiers ran away from Boko Haram fight

- The Nigerian Army has denied that a significant number of soldiers deserted the Boko Haram war front

- According to the Army, claims that the troops absconded after a deadly attack is false

- Members of the general public have been advised to disregard the report

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The Nigerian Army has denied a recent report alleging that a total of 12 officers and 89 soldiers were declared wanted for running away from the anti-Boko Haram fight in Borno state.

Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, director army public relations stated that the claim soldiers absconded from duty after Boko Haram attacks on their camps is false.

Yerima made this known on Thursday, March 4, in a statement he signed and was shared on the army's official Facebook page.

He noted that the report was targeted at dampening the morale and fighting efficiency of the troops.

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The army spokesman urged members of the general public to disregard the publication, saying the troops are in high spirit and clearing areas infiltrated by Boko Haram terrorists/ISWAP.

Premium Times had reported that the Nigerian Army had declared the soldiers wanted for running away and also froze their bank accounts.

It was gathered that the soldiers absconded from duty after the Boko Haram attacks on their camps in Marte and Dikwa local government areas of Borno state allegedly left many of their colleagues dead.

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army reportedly declares 12 officers, 89 soldiers wanted
Nigerian Army has reportedly declared 12 officers, 89 soldiers wanted for deserting the Boko Haram war front in Borno state. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
Source: Facebook

The soldiers, attached to the 15 Task Force Battalion, were reportedly ambushed and dislodged after hours of intense fighting.

They later tactically retreated and relocated to Dikwa which was attacked again.

Daily Trust also reported that a signal dated March 1, 2021, from Operation Lafiya Dole Headquarters in Maiduguri, showed that the soldiers were declared deserters.

The newspaper cited a military source as saying that the case of the soldiers that deserted was a source of concern.

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Below is the full list of the officers and soldiers who deserted the army, according to Premium Times:

  1. GY Mohammed
  2. EP Nwangwu
  3. US Muhammad
  4. EG Utok
  5. A Ibrahim
  6. US Ibrahim
  7. ME Ochei
  8. EN Essien
  9. FC Maduako
  10. KO Adejare
  11. S Mammada
  12. YJ Ishaya
  13. Muazu Yusuf
  14. Musa Usman
  15. Idris Garba
  16. Chigbo John
  17. Aminu Mohammed
  18. Godfrey Samuel
  19. Christopher Silas
  20. Okoro Emeka
  21. Meze Hillary
  22. Zakka Peter
  23. Onyebuchi Kennedy
  24. Okunola Oluwasegun
  25. Suoyefe Abiola
  26. Mwankat Shalmak
  27. Ekekien Peter
  28. Daniel Emmanuel
  29. John Monday
  30. Yakubu Amos
  31. Aminu Saidu
  32. Pius Okoro
  33. Kenebra Shedrach
  34. Dominic Eworo
  35. Ojo Oluwasegun
  36. Nura Lawal
  37. Yakubu Suleiman
  38. Johnson Chorus
  39. Isah Shaibu
  40. Nasiru Hamisu
  41. Jibrin Sa’adu
  42. John Ukpenkune
  43. Umar Sani
  44. Mustapha Suleiman
  45. Isiaq Adam
  46. Muhammed Ahmed
  47. John Richard
  48. Kabiru Hashimu
  49. Awuna Monday
  50. Isah John
  51. Zamani Fidelis
  52. Abubakar Adam
  53. Philip Chia
  54. Ogundipe GBenga
  55. Samson Unite
  56. Francis Audu
  57. Abubakar Musa
  58. Ibrahim Adamu
  59. Sadiq Abubakar
  60. Lawal Abdullahi
  61. Ajala David
  62. Suleiman Jamilu
  63. Okoro Ama
  64. Sunday Sule
  65. Aimato Abdulsalam
  66. Abubakar Musa
  67. Suleiman Kabiru
  68. Onu Kingsley
  69. Buba Usman
  70. James John
  71. Hussaini Adamu
  72. Shamsudeen Ismail
  73. Saidu Sani
  74. Abdullahi Musa
  75. Abubakar Yahaya
  76. Edosa Aigboje
  77. Ibrahim Umar
  78. Chukwujekwu Okenwa
  79. Abdullahi Usman
  80. Ukali Emmanuel
  81. Joseph Benard
  82. Ewubare Gold
  83. Abimiku Sunday
  84. Ibrahim Mansur
  85. Joseph Ayuba
  86. Ayanyemi Tayo
  87. Remember Jeremiah
  88. Jimoh Adesina
  89. Ukwokori Precious
  90. Ayawei Ayibatemi
  91. Kalu Sunday
  92. Abdulkadir Ahmed
  93. Osakwe Festus N
  94. Badamashi Omokafe
  95. Levi Pwagureno
  96. Paul Pilate Saddam
  97. Bello Musa
  98. Moses Ayo
  99. Ademu Alih
  100. Ogobi Fredrick
  101. Benedict Uduebor

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In a similar development, the House of Representatives has confirmed media reports that there has been mass resignation of soldiers in the Nigerian Army.

A total of 356 troops of the Nigerian Army were reported to have resigned from the service in July 2020, but military authorities had denied it.

However, findings of the House committee on the army made public on Tuesday, March 2 indicate that the reports were authentic.

Meanwhile, Nigerian troops have successfully recovered Marte town from the Boko Haram terrorists.

An anonymous military source stated that the troops successfully and safely detonated series of IEDs laced along the routes and finally dominated the general area.


Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_

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