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Pardoned soldiers don't want to fight Boko Haram

08 January 2016, 16:12

Abuja - The 3 032 soldiers, who were pardoned last August for various offences during campaigns against terrorist group, Boko Haram, in the North East have rejected their redeployment to the war fronts, Vanguard reports.

The soldiers complained that they have not been fully re-instated into the Nigerian Army, because attempts by them to report to their units were rejected at their bases since they have no re-instatement letters.

Also read: Court stops execution of soldiers convicted for mutiny

The Commandant of Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna state, (NASI), Major General Kassim Aldulkareem, had gathered the soldiers together to inform them that they have been assigned new riffles and should be ready for deployment to the fronts on the 11 January, 2016.

The soldiers said the decision taken by the command to send them back to the war fronts means that they were never really pardoned and re-integrated into the Army, but rather, re-sentenced to the war front.

They also complained that since they have been kicked out of the barracks, they have not been paid for seven months making their families who live off-barracks begging for food.

Read more at Vanguard

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