The Nigerian Army has said that it will take appropriate measures against the soldiers who fired gunshots into the air during a protest at the Maiduguri International Airport, Borno State.
The soldiers had on Sunday, August 12, protested on their arrival at the airport, firing several gunshots into the air and threatened to shoot the General Officer Commander (GOC) of 7 Division, Bulami Biu, if he showed up. Expresgist learnt that their protest was as a result of their posting to Marte Local Government of the State, an area prone to Boko Haram activities.
Speaking on the development, the Deputy Director of Public Relation for the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col Onyema Nwachukwu, noted that the troops erroneously assumed that the rotation was going to affect them negatively.
”The Theatre command yesterday witnessed a riotous reaction from a few unscrupulous troops while conducting a redeployment of troops who are currently deployed at the Maiduguri Airport, following a directive to review troops’ deployment in Maiduguri Metropolis in a bid to reinvigorate the security architecture of the city. The redeployment became expedient after a recent assessment of the security situation by the Theatre Command.
Regrettably, however, a few of the troops who have misunderstood the development and erroneously assumed it was going to negatively affect their rotation from the Theatre of operation became agitated and reacted by firing into the air. The Theatre Command undoubtedly considers this ugly incident quite regrettable and appropriate measures are being taken to forestall a recurrence.”
He assured members of the public of their safety as the situation is now under control.
”Calm has however been restored, as the Theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko has promptly taken charge of the situation after addressing and admonishing the troops. Members of the public are please enjoined to remain calm and go about their normal activities as the situation has been put under firm control.”