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Boko Haram: Our troops are not starving in northeast— FG

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Boko Haram: Our troops are not starving in northeast--- FG

Aminat Isah, Abuja

 

The Federal Government on Tuesday debunked the allegation that troops of the Nigeria Army currently battling the Boko Haram insurgency in the  northeast are starving and hungry, ROYAL NEWS reports.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

According to him, “Contrary to the publication’s report that the troops deployed in particular along Gubio Road and the Brig.-Gen. Maimalari Secondary School were begging for food to survive, were poorly kitted with some wearing slippers and were facing irregular/short payment of their allowances. The publication also reported non-serviceable equipment in the theatre.”

The Minister said the allegations have grave implications for the security of the nation, hence the allegations were taken seriously by the President and Commander-in-Chief, who subsequently ordered an investigation to determine the veracity or otherwise of the
claims in the publication.

“There is also no irregular/short payment of allowances, while claims of poor equipment, inadequate kitting and accommodation are found to be ill conceived and unfounded.

“The troops in question, deployed at Brig.-Gen. Maimalari Secondary School along Gubio Road, are being fed centrally three times a day, and are kitted immediately after their training before they are deployed in the theatre.

How then can soldiers who are fed centrally be starving or begging for food? Concerning the payment of allowances, the monthly allowances of troops of the AFSF Battalion are being paid directly into their various accounts from the Defence Headquarters, hence they cannot be shortchanged,” said Mohammed

On the allegation of poor equipment and inadequate kitting, the minister said: “It was found that the inflow of logistics into the theatre in the past six months showed an enormous quantity of materiel was distributed to troops in the theatre. Needless to say that no army in the world has all the requisite equipment to prosecute a counter-insurgency operation

” There is no issue of hunger, improper kitting of soldiers, non-payment or short-payment of soldiers’ allowances and poor equipment at the AFSF Battalion or in any other units within Operation Lafia Dole theatre.”

 

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