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Soldiers allege "demoralisation" in war against terror

20 August 2014, 09:04Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos – There are indications that some soldiers deployed to restore peace and order in the troubled north-eastern parts of the country demoralised as a result of lack of sufficient weapons to fight terrorists.

Some soldiers were reported to have expressed fears the insurgents would empower them and thus would resist attempts to deploy them to terror hotspots in the region.

One of the soldiers, who wished not to be mentioned, alleged the army was not ready to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents who he reported was better equipped.

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He alleged commanders in the army were “sacrificing” soldiers by sending them to the battle front without proper weapons to engage the Boko Haram members.

The soldier vowed that at least 40 of his colleagues would refuse orders to be deployed.

The military authority is yet to respond to the allegation.

Also Read: Why has the Nigerian Army failed their own country?

However, it refuted reports in the media army personnel was under-equipped to fight terrorists.

Last week, some women of military officers had protested over the deployment of their husbands to fight the Boko Haram sect allegedly without proper weapons.

– CAJ News


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