There was confusion in and around Borno as soldiers of the 21st Brigade deployed to get rid of Boko Haram were on a mutiny threatening to shoot anyone who stands in their way; According to reports made by Premium Times ‘The brigade is based in Bama but is currently deployed at Bula Bello in Sambisa for Operation Rescue Final.
“But suddenly soldiers started mutinying at 6AM today, firing in all directions and threatening to pull out of the operation.
“As some of them fire gunshots, some started preparing vehicles to move out of location. They also warned officers to steer clear or they would be shot dead.
“They are saying their commanders have been treating them badly and telling them lies. As I speak to you, the firing is still going on, and there is confusion everywhere.”
There have been repeated cases of mutiny by Nigerian soldiers since the war against Boko Haram began, and the Army has tried over 100 soldiers for the offence.
The worst case occurred in May 2014 when troops of 7 Division, angered by the death of 12 of their colleagues in a Boko Haram ambush, opened fire on the vehicle of their General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Ahmadu Mohammed.
The soldiers were later arrested, tried and jailed.