No fewer than 40 Nigerian soldiers are believed to have vow not to continue fighting members of the deadly Boko Haram until they are well equipped, even as the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, warned them to desist from any form of mutiny, reminding them that mutiny is a treasonable offense with death.
The soldiers were said to have refused to obey orders to fight due to poor and ill-equipped facilities available, complaining that the soldiers are being killed by members of Boko Haram like fowls.
They were said to have complained that soldiers are not being given enough weapons and ammunition to take them on, saying: “Boko Haram are inside the bush, everywhere while they the senior commanders are sacrificing soldiers.”
The soldiers spoke with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The Defence headquarters spokesman, General Chris Olukolade, denied the notion and said that he could not confirm the reports of a mutiny but would investigate.
“We may not have all it takes but we are improving on it (equipment) regularly.”
General Olukolade said that the level of cowardice described in the report was not in the character of the Nigerian soldier and described the statement by the soldier as lies propagated by foreign media. [myad]