The military said it has arrested some of its senior officers who were part of the Multinational Joint Task Force stationed in Baga, a town in Borno State. The men, comprising a brigadier-general, lieutenant colonel and five others, have been whisked to the army, are to be questioned regarding the loss of men and equipment to Boko Haram fighters.
Director, Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, in a short message service to Premium Times explained that the their arrest was fact-finding.
“Nigerian officers in key command positions of the Multi National Joint Task Force are in the process of accounting for their action in the mission area leading to loss of weapons, men and location in their area of responsibility.
“This is a normal military procedure in major operations and after some encounter. The essence is to extract and collate relevant information for subsequent missions. It could also lead to or determine appropriate disciplinary action where necessary.”
Boko Haram terrorists on 5 January attacked the MNJT in the Baga, a border community, overran the troops and carted away large-scale arms and ammunitions. The sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau would later deride the military over the loss, describing the soldiers as “cowards”.