Shell Energy Entrepreneurs banner Yudala banner
Nigerian Army officers selling arms to Boko Haram: Report

By News Express on 04/09/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 3,564


Nigeria’s military says some officers are selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, indicating the corruption bedeviling the country’s fight against the Islamic extremists continues despite government efforts to halt graft.

The admission comes three weeks after the Nigerian army said a military tribunal is trying 16 officers and troops accused of offenses related to the fight against Boko Haram, including the theft and sale of ammunition.
Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the theater commander in northeastern Nigeria, told a news conference on Thursday that military authorities have confirmed that some soldiers were selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram. He called it a betrayal of the Nigerian people. He gave no more details.
President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed corruption for the deaths of thousands in the seven-year Islamic uprising that has killed more than 20,000. Children who escaped Boko Haram are dying of starvation in refugee camps in the northeast, where the government is investigating the alleged theft of food aid.
A soldier on the frontline of the fight told The Associated Press that his brigade commander is among officers standing trial at the court-martial in this northeastern city, which is being held in secret. He said the army is investigating what happened to 21 anti-aircraft guns assigned this year to his artillery brigade. He said they only received one gun. The soldier spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared he would lose his job.
In addition, a slew of retired and current military officers are being investigated for diverting hundreds of millions of dollars budgeted to help curb the Islamic uprising. Among them is Alex Badeh, a four-star general whom Buhari fired from his post as chief of defense staff. Witnesses have told a Federal High Court that Badeh stole the equivalent of $24 million budgeted for salaries in 2013 and built a shopping mall in Abuja, the capital.
Civil society groups are demanding the investigation of the current chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, for allegedly buying with cash two properties worth $1.5 million in Dubai. Buratai has said he bought the property on installment with savings.
Before Buhari took power, soldiers told the AP they were forced into battle with just 30 bullets each and no food rations. They said Boko Haram was better armed and that their officers were stealing parts of their salaries and allowances. Many ran away when the extremists attacked, allowing Boko Haram to take control of a large swath of northeastern Nigeria in 2014.
Under Buhari, a former military dictator, a multinational force has retaken most towns but Boko Haram remains active outside urban areas, carrying out hit-and-run attacks, suicide bombings and abductions of women and girls. (VOA)
*ONOME, PLS USE NIGERIAN ARMY HQ

Source News Express

Posted 04/09/2016 9:42:24 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

 

You may also like...
Man crippled inside Anambra court premises cries for...

What we learnt from the judgment on Anambra...

Anambra APC guber aspirant set to decamp to...

Suicide bomber kills 4 worshippers at Cameroon mosque...

Teenage female suicide bomber kills 5 in mosque...

Senator Abe calls for unity among Rivers people...

Kidnapping: Evans makes U-turn, changes plea to ‘not...

US army loses track of $1bn worth of...

Boko Haram suffers heavy losses in fresh Borno...

CBN disowns fake Emefiele Twitter handles

Why we’re setting up female university —Sultan of...

NUT demands for role in FG’s 2016 recruitment...

 

Latest News Court upholds proscription of IPOB Shortage of workers hits America •The jobs in high demand South, Middle Belt insist on restructuring Kidnap kingpin known as Dracula dies in detention Benue citizens storm FCT, denounce massacre by herdsmen Southeast activists seek IGP Ibrahim Idris’ sack over illegal detention of Journalist Tim Elombah Wife jailed in place of husband Pope marries couple on papal plane Osun 2018 guber: Group throws weight behind Bisi Akande’s position Herdsmen killings: Stop Nigeria’s breakup, Ohakim advises Buhari 2019: APC Constitution does not allow imposition of candidates — Abe When a Nation Becomes Funeral Home

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (315,118 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (304,755 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (244,494 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (201,275 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (189,975 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (179,240 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (155,467 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (139,638 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (135,967 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (124,414 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (121,572 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (118,900 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (33) Business (2,853) Business Verdict (32) Columnists (792) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (200) Entertainment (431) Features (541) Global Business Monitor (222) International (1,744) Interviews (139) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (100) News (31,978) Opinion (865) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,355) Religion (666) Sports (1,406) Stock Watch (25) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN Banner advert

CBN Words on marble

 

 

Thierry Henry in Lagos Nigeria

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!