The Nigerian Army has described the alleged protest by some soldiers in Borno as a minor issue.
Reports had said that the soldiers were shooting into the air to protest nonpayment of allowances and obsolete equipment in their fight against Boko Haram.
However, Mohammed Yerima, a Brigadier General and Director of Army Public Relations, said preliminary reports by Farouq Yahaya, a Major General and Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said some soldiers of the Mobile Strike Team (MST) deployed for Exercise Tura Takaibango in the frontline of Operations, raised some concerns which were immediately attended to.
“At about 3pm on 25 March, 2021, some of the troops of Mobile Strike Team 10 & 11 who were primed to conduct phase 2 of Exercise TURA TAKAIBANGO in Bama after the first phase of the exercise, raised some concerns which was quickly addressed before they were relaunched to the second phase of the Operations,” he said.
“On the issue of ‘obsolete weapons’ as reported in some media, the position of Army Headquarters is that soldiers have right to demand for proper weapons to prosecute the operations.
“However, the Federal Government is making concerted efforts toward deploying new fighting equipment to augment the existing ones in the Theartre of Operation.
The Army also denied report that any soldier is owed any operational allowances.