The director, Army public relations Col S K Usman said that there are at least 579 officers and soldiers facing trials at the military tribunals in Abuja and Lagos.
According to him, 66 soldiers have been convicted and sentenced to death for mutiny when they threatened the life of the former GOC 7 division in August 2014.
He said a special 481 elite force made up of Army, Air force, Navy and Police have been trained and deployed to fight Boko Haram. He said ‘the recent achievements recorded in the North East can be attributed to the exploits of this elite force. One additional battalion, 151 battalion had also completed its training and inducted into the theatre. Two battalion 152 and 153 battalions are currently undergoing training and will be inducted on completion.
He said that some of the troops are undergoing training on Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) in the UK and USA. He urges Nigerians to support the military with valuable information in the fight against the terrorists.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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