Army Clears The Air On Alleged Soldiers’ Maltreatment

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Army Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman

The Nigerian Army has given clarifications on the video that went viral on the social media in which many dehydrated soldiers were seen collapsing, while others complained bitterly of lack of food and water.

Acting director, Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, in a statement on Wednesday explained that the video was shot “more than six months ago by some mischievous and disgruntled elements when 29 Task Force Brigade captured Alagarno Forest and environs in Borno State.”

Usman added that it was disheartening “that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.”



    He reiterated that the matter was conclusively investigated several months ago and that a board of inquiry established that, “as at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it.”

    “That soldier was charged and punished accordingly,” Usman stated.

    The Army spokesperson also said that “in addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities.”

    While urging the media to always verify the authenticity of its reports from appropriate authorities beforepublishing, Usman said that the Nigerian Army remains committed and dedicated to the total welfare of all its personnel.

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