EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Soldiers Beat Up Brigade Commander OverAnti-Boko Haram Deployment

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Soldiers attached to the 333 Artillery Regiment in Maiduguri, and
serving under the newly established 37 Brigade, have beaten up
their Acting Brigade Commander, Colonel O.U. Obono for allegedly
slapping one of them, reliable defence sources have told reporters.
Sources, who witnessed the incident but asked not to be named for
their own safety, told PREMIUM TIMES the incident occurred on
Monday, September 4 at the 333 Battalion parade ground while the
soldiers were on night roll call, known as tatoon in military
parlance.
The sources said the soldiers became angry and attacked the officer
after he announced the deployment of the soldiers to various
special operations in Borno state shortly after their return from a
peacekeeping operation in Mali.
“Trouble started when Colonel Obono decided to deploy the
Soldiers, and the boys were annoyed because they were supposed
to go on ‘disembarkation leave’ for two weeks having just
returned from Mali, and they began to show open contempt, the
Colonel then slapped one of them and they now became agitated
and beat him up,” one of our sources, a defence insider, said. He
said the officer became especially agitated and slapped a soldier
“because he had the audacity to ask for the troop’s “mission
allowance”.
He said the troops started returning to the country from Mali on
July 31, but were not allowed to proceed on leave before being
deployed for the anti-Boko Haram operation in Maiduguri. We also
gathered that apart from the soldier, Colonel Obono also slapped a
Major Idris for trying to restrain him from physically attacking his
junior colleagues.
Another military source said the Military Police, the discipline
enforcement unit of the army, already commenced investigation
into the incident, adding that what the Colonel did was ‘against
military tradition’. Colonel Obono, with Army number N/8306 was
appointed acting commander of the newly established 37 Brigade
Maiduguri on August, 20 via memo with Reference No. AHQ/MS/
G1/300/207/1.
The spokesperson for the Army, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru,
wouldn’t comment for this story. He did not answer or return
calls to his mobile telephone for two weeks running. He also did not
respond to three text messages sent to him on separate days.


-- civictayo4great (m) at 13-09-2013 10:02AM
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Thats good for him
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