Saboteurs! Army Officers Held For Leaking Information To Boko Haram
BEVERLY HILLS, October 26, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Army is holding two officers, a major and a captain, for alleged acts of sabotage in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North-East.
The arrested suspects are accused of leaking information on troops' movement to the insurgents and the raising of funds to finance Boko Haram operations through cattle rustling.
THEWILL gathered that the Army intensified efforts to rid the service of saboteurs in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations following the Boko Haram attack on troops' location in Gashigar, on October 22, 2016 in which 13 soldiers were wounded while some soldiers went missing after the attack.
The Army commenced a painstaking but discreet investigations into the telephone conversations of some of the security personnel and their civilian counterparts and uncovered some suspicious activities through the screening.
“The President was furious about the attack and discussed the matter with the COAS. The Army leadership then took out time to screen the communications lines of the officers for several days without making it known.
“The suspicion was that they have links with some civilians and the links were traced. They are giving them vital information concerning the movement of soldiers.
“How come that the Borno State Governor and other officials have not been attacked, yet they ambushed the Chief of Army Staff. They have not attacked civilians but they attacked the COAS.”
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed the ongoing investigation into the matter adding that the Army would not release information on the matter in view of the fact that there was an ongoing planned rescue operation in the area.
“Investigation is ongoing and once we conclude, the suspects would be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction.”
Story by Oputah David