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July 18, 2018

Soldiers leak tactics to Boko Haram …says Chief of Army Staff

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Disloyal soldiers were warned to stop fraternizing with enemies of the state.

Some military men have been leaking information to the Boko Haram Insurgents, who the military are battling in three North east states.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, who issued the warning, revealed that the attack on a Mali-bound military convoy in Kogi State early this year followed the leaking of information on their movement to the insurgents.

Two soldiers were killed after the ambush on 190 troops who were travelling through Kogi State enroute Kaduna on their way to Mali on January 19.

Factional Boko Haram group Ansaru claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gen. Ihejirika said a suspect who is a soldier, is in detention, waiting for court martial in connection with the leakage.

Gen. Ihejirika, spoke at the opening ceremony of a three-day Army Transformation Seminar in Abuja.  The theme is: “Building Capacity of the Nigerian Army to meet Contemporary Challenges”.

The military chief said: “Let me use this opportunity to warn officers and soldiers who indulge in giving out information both from Army Headquarters and other formations.

“Certain vital information had one way or the other worked negatively in our operations.  There are also some other soldiers that have been found posting negative comments in the internet and also some have been engaging in conversing with insurgents”.

President Goodluck Jonathan once alleged that Boko Haram men had infiltrated the government.

Early this month, the police arrested one of its men for allegedly leaking the information that led to the ambush of security agents who were on a mission to arrest some suspected cultists in Nasarawa State.

No fewer than 56 security agents were killed instantly.  The bodies of 45 others earlier declared missing were allegedly discovered in a mass grave later.

Gen. Ihejirika observed that the seminar came at the right time – when the country is grappling with security challenges.

According to him, some of the challenges pose serious threats to the corporate existence of the nation.

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