Fact Check: Are Nigerian Soldiers Absconding?

There were rumors peddling round many news and social media platforms regarding the disserting of duty of military personnel in Borno and the subsequent report of frozen account of such officers.

How true is this report? Standard Gazette can authoritatively report via official sources from the Nigerian Army.

The Nigerian Army has described the story as false. The report suggests that over 100 troops absconded after Boko Haram attacked Marte and Dikwa in Borno State.

The military advised the public to disregard the report, saying it is targeted at dampening the morale and fighting efficiency of the troops.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, on Thursday.

The statement reads, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication in a section of the media alleging that over 100 Nigerian troops were reported to have absconded after Boko Haram attacks on Marte and Dikwa. This publication is false, unfounded and an attempt to malign the image and character of the Nigerian Army.

“For the records, in the fog of war, it is a routine that headcount is conducted to determine the number of men and equipment holding aftermath of military offensive.

“Unfortunately, an internal correspondence that was originated by the formation was not properly done. It was later discovered that a good number of those affected rejoined their respective units and are currently part of the ongoing clearance operations.”

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