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‘Pushing APC by number’… Video shows ‘Nigerian soldiers’ pushing armoured tank in North East
A SHORT video clip has gone viral on the social media showing soldiers pushing an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), perhaps in an attempt to jumpstart the vehicle.
The 35-second video appeared to have been recorded by some Nigerian soldiers taking part in the counter-insurgency operations in the North East.
A narrator, ostensibly the man filming the incident, expressed disappointment at the development.
“See them o. They are pushing it o. Pushing APC by number,” the voice behind the camera was heard saying.
“Nigerian Army, there is problem, dem dey push o.”
“Manage, manage, manage, manage,” the narrator urged the soldiers pushing the APC.
Watch the video here as shared on Twitter by
See what our soldiers are facing in Borno.
Buhari and his inept Government have abandoned these young men to suffer to death.
— Ndi Kato (@YarKafanchan) January 24, 2019
The ICIR cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video clip nor the period when it was shot. A tweet sent to the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Army, @HQNigerianArmy, is yet to be responded to as at the time of this report. Also, an enquiry sent to the army via its website has not been replied.
This is not the first time a video will be emerging on the social media showing Nigerian soldiers complaining about inadequate welfare in the North East.
In December 2016, a video of soldiers complaining of lack of water in Alagarno, one of the territories recovered from the Boko Haram, went viral on Youtube and Twitter. The video showed some of the soldiers lying on the floor gasping for air as a result of severe thirst.
In response, the army said the video was over six months old and was shot by some “mischievous and disgruntled elements”. Sani Usman, the army spokesman who responded to the development at the time said that the issue was investigated and “a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities”.
Usman is still the current spokesman of the army, having been re-appointed to the position late last year.