Two weeks after the governor of Borno State Prof. Zulum challenged some soldiers of the Nigeria Army of collecting bribe from motorists, some soldiers, once again, have been indicted in act detrimental against the fight against insurgency in the North East geopolitical zone.
In the latest revelation by one of the officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) drafted to Borno State to complement the efforts of the Nigerian troops in curbing the excesses of the fighters of Bokom Haram, revealed that some soldiers indeed turned their back at them , firing at them instead.
According to a report by TheCable, the sad incidence happened in Mainok, a town along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road in Borno state.
It was gathered that the insurgents stormed Mainok in large numbers. But a combined team of SARS and Rapid Response Squad operatives moved in to confront the insurgents, according to a resident.
The report says, after spending more than an hour engaging the Boko Haram fighters and on their way back, soldiers opened fire at them, partially destroying one of the vehicle in the process before normalcy returned.
“We were deployed in Mainok after we got the information that Boko Haram was operating there. By the time we got there, Boko Haram had killed some people and destroyed their houses,” he said.
“We engaged them in a gun battle that lasted for over one hour. We overpowered them and seized two of their Hilux vehicles and weapons. Surprisingly as we were on our way out, we were attacked by some soldiers. They fired several RPGs (rocket-propelled grenade) at us… one of the armoured personnel carriers (APCs) given to us by the IG was partially damaged.”
The General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Army Abdul Kahlifa was quoted as saying “We will investigate it.”
A few months ago, soldiers killed some officials of SARS while on special assignment.