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Maiduguri Soldiers Mutiny Bella Naija

Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, yesterday, narrowly escaped death, when his soldiers opened fire on his vehicle, when he came to address them at Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno.

The soldiers are a part of the newly formed 7th Division of the Nigerian Army set up specifically to combat Boko Haram in the region.

They reportedly attacked their commander because they were infuriated when they saw the bodies of their colleagues ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, according to Sahara Reporters. 

The soldiers were unhappy because their commander allegedly has not provided them with adequate weapons to fight the war against Boko Haram militants.

“We the soldiers don’t have the kind of arms and ammunition that [Boko Haram] fighters have. So everyday, they kill our men anyhow, but it is never published in the media,” said a source.

Another source reportedly complained that commanding officers are too busy “eating money,” and as a result, soldiers’ allowances weren’t being paid on time.

The aforementioned issues and other frustrations about the soldiers’ overall welfare, were factors that led to the attack.

Update

The Nigerian Army has fired Major General Ahmadu Mohammed. A spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Major General Chris Olukolade, announced the removal of the General Officer commanding the 7th Division today, according to Sahara Reporters.

Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters

31 Comments

  1. Rhoda

    May 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Ok. Why not use on Boko Haram the same weapon used in attacking the commander? These soldiers aren’t selfless enough to fight any battle. They prefer sitting at the mess.

  2. goddess of victory

    May 15, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    so the little they have they are using on their commander…#bringbackourgirls! and to the soldiers that have died in this war. May your souls rest in peace and thank you for trying. May God console the families of the lost ones.

  3. Gorgeous

    May 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Very good for the general. Nigerians and corruption. Steal things that would protect human life and then come and give useless speeches. Speeches are only good for the living. He “narrowly” escaped. mtscheew. Where is the money for their equipment. He is probably spending it on wives and children he has no business having in the first place. More of this.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      If there’s more of this, a time may come when the same soldiers turn their guns in the direction of civilians. You can’t encourage this kind of unruly behavior from uniformed security personnel.

    • Gorgeous

      May 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Excuse me, but in case you did not read the hand writing on the wall. Nigeria is in chaos and at war with itself. It will implode and it is inevitable. It has to implode for these so called heartless people in power to get some sense. As an army man, will you go into battle against rockets with your 1970 something AK-47? Only for general to give speeches and go into hiding when there is war. Then reemerge at your funeral to cry crocodile tears. Then when time comes to pay pension to your family they disappear with the money. It is great to be politically correct, but i wonder if and when your life is at stake and your own commander does not care about your welfare, if you will be talking about chaos and anarchy. The first person that should be arressted and sacked is the general. He should be charged for mutiny against his own men and Nigeria. He should be tried for the murder of his own men. Enough of shielding all these oga’s just because the smell of the money which they stole is too hard to resist. With leadership comes responsibility. Why should the soldiers keep quiet and suck it up, to go and commit suicide against boko haram? Or you suggest they should go and grieve the way they have been treated. Grieve to whom? The generals and all the other ogas who are all stealing together. Or GEJ and co who are too busy stealing half the security vote to really know what is going on.

  4. Mz Socially Awkward...

    May 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    That’s mutiny for sure. Shouldn’t the army police be rounding up that entire regiment for trial? You can’t have troops thinking you can get away with that.

    • CarliforniaBawlar

      May 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Same thing I’m thinking…..but as usual no law and order. This sort of behavior is what leads to coup de tats. Naija e haff tire me.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Behavior that could give rise to coup d’état – same thought I had as well. Not necessarily carried out by this motley crew but can certainly start rumblings in other quarters…

    • Busarni

      May 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      @Mz socially awkward; what are you saying? Do you have a relation in the army, well I do and I have lost him to this BH virus. Why are they under equipped to fight against these insurgents? Abi you think, soldiers don’t have a family? Abeg, no just make me remember my relation that I lost, nonsense. they shld sue his a**, everything is a means to amass wealth. Heartless fools.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      May 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Busarni, what I’m saying (and I suppose I’m making the same reply to Gorgeous as well) is that if we decide to condone the actions of these soldiers, we can’t turn around and castigate mobs who take laws in their hands and decide the fate of the Aluu 4, for instance. You may think the connection is too loose but I honestly believe the principle is the same. Call it political correctness but we can’t continue to say things have be better in Nigeria and then decide to excuse certain forms of lawlessness.

      And I’m very sorry about the loss of your relation, Busarni, it’s painful and frustrating to know young men and women in our armed forces are dying needlessly because of government carelessness. I have a cousin in the Army, it is with bated breath that I ask about his whereabouts and wellbeing.

    • Babytohcute

      May 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      I’m sorry. Who should be rounding who up? They can’t do that because they guilty. There’s a limit to anything and everything a man can take.

    • Person

      May 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Oh don’t worry. The Army is going to deal with it. Trust me. That kind of indiscipline is unacceptable.
      But there are questions we need to be asking our government o! Serious questions. Why is the FG deliberately withholding equipments from our soldiers? What does GEJ and his Chief of Army Staff have to gain in keeping the entire NorthEast under a perpetual state of emergency? It is a dangerous thing when soldiers begin to distrust their commanders, including the CinC.

  5. mamaro

    May 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I wondered how long it would take the soldiers – soldiers on the battlefront – colleagues killed needlessly daily because their Oga at the tops refuse to strategise and provide them with the necessary capacity. They dont pay their full salary for months!!!! I have a family member who was in Kaduna and his mum had to go on hunger strike for him to leave the army because she did not feel he was valued as a member of the armed service of nigeria and that in his death, no one would care or honour him. Also she said the army wasnt paying well enough for him to look after his wife and kids and his wife is threatning to leave. Nigeria’s corruption has no shame and no low blows. they can hit anywhere and anyone, nothing is off limits. Men who are facing death daily you cannot provide adequate food, equipment, pay, honour, regard for. Disgrace of a country we are. Unofficial Failed State. The security budget under GEJ has more than trebelled yet nothing to show for it. Under Abacha, Buhari, OBJ our military was not so disabled – Military that was first point of contact for African Conflict in Liberia, Sierrre Leone etc…. WorstLuck Jonah must go abeg.

    • Anonymous

      May 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Madam pls stop spreading rumors are well and promptly paid especially in the GEJ era. so please get your facts right.

  6. mrs chidukane

    May 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Ms socially awkward, yes it is mutiny but you won’t understand what these people go through. They should be paid like 15k a day at least that’s what banks pay but their commanders take the money and give them N1,500 yet they’re expected to do the job and risk their lives? This happens everywhere even in Lagos. The Commanders don’t care about the welfare of their men.Haven’t you noticed how hungry looking our soldiers are especially those in nysc camp meanwhile the Generals are fat with bulging stomachs. I’m glad they mutinied.Don’t they have families to support? After their death are their dependents paid pension? There’s a lot of rot in the Nigerian system which must be tackled

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      May 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      I have a lot of empathy with their plight, mrs chidukane but factions of rebellion within any national army has not historically worked out to the benefit of civilians. If order dissolves among the Nigerian armed forces, particularly when you consider how tense the religious & political climates currently are, we’ll be the ones to suffer the worst of it.

      I’ll fully support any protest which doesn’t involve using weapons or resorting to illegal activity to further their cause. Discipline is most required in the armed forces or else they’ll just become vigilantes terrorizing us all if their allowed to carry guns and act however they want.

    • CarliforniaBawlar

      May 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      “There’s a lot of rot in the Nigerian system which must be tackled”
      One of which is our jungle justice mentality…..maybe not now, but at some point!! the key word in jungle justice is actually ‘jungle’…we cannot continue acting like animals!!

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      May 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      You gerrit. That’s my point exactly.

    • Lisa London

      May 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

      animals are not so vicious, they kill for food!

  7. elite101

    May 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    In as much as i don’t support what the commanding officer had allegedly done , i think this soldiers all need to be arrested and court-martialled immediately. That is open mutiny and must be dealt with swiftly.

    • blast

      May 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Why don’t you go and risk your own life under a corrupt commander

  8. Fatimah

    May 15, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Soldiers are not zombies after all 🙂 #Felawaswrong

  9. Babytohcute

    May 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    They are frustrated. What was he expecting, they’ll line up, salute and listen to his boring bloody talk. Enough of the talking please, action! Btw, I doubt they wanted to kill him cause they would have. That was just to tell him “you ain’t welcome”.

  10. Akua

    May 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Sometimes that is what it takes for change to happen. I don’t condone what they did, but at least they got some positive results…he is fired! Maybe through this, some real change can take place.

  11. Person

    May 15, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Reports are that the FG has DELIBERATELY starved the soldiers fighting Boko Haram of equipments. They don’t even have up to 4 APCs. Imagine!!! And these soldiers are just fighting and dying. Can we please ask our Federal Government why soldiers fighting Boko Haram don’t have up to 4 APCs? Haba!!!! I feel for them, but this is open mutiny and they will be court-martialled accordingly. Just a sad situation all around.

  12. armywife

    May 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    This men are dying daily(I know a few) and later people ll say they are doing nothing dia is God o.

  13. Lisa London

    May 15, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    The civilian govt. has intentionally weakened the military to starve off a coup that will throw them out of power.

    • can'trememberthelastnameiused

      May 16, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Yup! and the civilian govt. is full of ex military generals and their cronies. These generals intentionally weakened the military so they can hold on to power while out of uniform. Jonathan is just a puppet with his paymasters (ex military generals) pulling the strings behind the scene.

  14. don martinez

    May 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    bellanaija,, you didn’t get the story right, that wasn’t exactly what happened,
    well ,
    the soldiers were only angry because the night when they retaliated and killed some boko haram men, on their way coming back to their camp , some boko boys killed some soldiers from ambush , this was caused by their commandant , because that night the soldeirs didnt wanna come back as they knew the road wasn’t gonna be safe for them to come back,
    but their commandand persuaded them to come back to the camp as if he he had a plan with some boko men in ambush

  15. Linda

    May 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    You all have made vital points.I get scared each day hearing all these tales but my hope is in God.

  16. Hycienth Uzoma

    September 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Cort marshaling and sentencing those soldiers was the worst thing the Nigerian Army would do.If the had killed that General would have been better. How can ordinary sect of people called BOKO HARAM sect operate with Armored machine and Nigerian Army can not release the weapons they have. Those soldiers were ambushed due to the Generals arrangement with Boko Haram to ambush them. I must tell you the fact, some of so called Army Generals have connections with the insurgents. If not so, how are the B

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