The defense headquarters says on Monday that it is wrong to mark the troops of the Nigerian army as extortionists at the checkpoints in the state of Borno.
Defense Media Operations Coordinator John Enenche said this in a statement in response to certain comments credited to Borno Governor Babagan Zulum.
The statement was titled: “The Re-Nigerian Army in Operation Lafiya Dole is collecting money at checkpoints in the state of Borno.”
Enenche stated: “The attention of the Nigerian army has been drawn to the media / air accusation of the Executive Governor of the State of Borno that Nigerian army personnel deployed at checkpoints in Operation Lafiya Dole are collecting money from passengers. Although the Nigerian military does not in any way join the problems with the governor, it is necessary to clarify this general statement against the troops who without hesitation laid down their lives for all Nigerians.
“It is worth mentioning that the armed forces of Nigeria have internal mechanisms for matting and appropriate sanctioning of their wrong personnel.
“In addition, the reported cases of the public in this regard are being investigated and the desired attention is being paid to them. Therefore, it would not be right to rely on the media or accusations in the open to label our gallant Nigerian army personnel as extortionists at checkpoints in the state of Borno. All Armed Forces personnel are patriotic and focused on their calling.
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“The Nigerian Army High Command hereby declares the commitment of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies to fight and stop the insurgency and terrorism in the Northeast.”
Zulum also attacked the army for what he described as routine attacks by passengers and villagers by Boko Haram along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.