- Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said any commander who abandons his duty will face harsh punishments as enumerated in the Armed Forces Act
- He said the recent occurrence in Operation Lafiya Dole where troops abandoned their positions in the hit of attack from Boko Haram terrorists is worrisome
- Buratai maintained that the incident has potentials to rubbish all the laudable gains made in the war against the terrorists
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has warned Nigerian Army commanders of grave consequences if they abandon their positions in the war against Boko Haram insurgents.
Premium Times reports that the warning was contained in a 180-word memo, sent to all commanders at all levels.
He said: “Recent occurrence in” ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ “where troops abandoned their positions cowardly in the face of attack” from Boko Haram terrorists “without reasonable resistance is worrisome, “It also has the potentials to rubbish all the laudable gains made” in the war against Boko Haram.
“It also has the potentials to rubbish all the laudable gains made” in the war against Boko Haram.“
“All should be reminded that the law recommended any officer or soldier found guilty of cowardly behavior ‘shall on conviction by a court martial be liable to suffer death or any less punishment provided by the Act,’ depending on the circumstances of the case.”
Buratai said any commander who “abandons his position in the face” of enemy fire “leading to avoidable death of troops and loss of equipment will be subjected” to harsh punishments as enumerated in the Armed Forces Act.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a total of 1,127 persons, including women and children being held under the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents from different parts of the Lake Chad region have been rescued by troops of the Nigerian military.
Onyema Nwachukwu, the spokesman of the counterinsurgency efforts in the northeast Nigeria, otherwise known as Operation Lafiya Dole, dosclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday, February 27.
The statement further said that the troops under the Operation Deep Punch II, a sub-component of the Lafiya Dole, carried out several raid operations that led to the death of 35 Boko Haram fighters and recorded a large harvest of arms cache.
Survivors of Boko Haram - on NAIJ.com TV: