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Nigerian Army “Clears the Air” on Video of Soldiers Lamenting Lack of Food & Water

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Yesterday, a video of soldiers complaining about lack of access to food and water. The Army has released a statement to “clear the air”.

WATCH the video:

In the statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Army said that the clip was shot about 6 months ago, and that after investigation, it was discovered that a soldier hid the unit’s water tanker.

The statement added that the soldier was punished accordingly, and a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location.

The attention of Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip circulating on Social Media of soldiers alleging lack of food and water.

We wish to state that the video clip was shot more than six months ago by some mischievous and disgruntled elements when 29 Task Force Brigade captured Alagarno Forest and environs in Borno State.

It is disheartening that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.

We wish to state further that the matter was conclusively investigated at the time, several months ago. The Board of Inquiry actually showed that, as at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it. That soldier was charged and punished accordingly.

In addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities.

We wish to restate with utmost concern the continued commitment of the Nigerian Army to the total welfare of all its personnel.

6 Comments

  1. Ibex

    December 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Independent forensic expert, together with investigative journalist should dig deep to unravel the truth about that video, because this statement from the Army could just be a way to save face

  2. Tolu

    December 21, 2016 at 11:50 am

    BellaNaija, this is coming from a place of love but you need to do something about your editing. “Yesterday, a video of soldiers complaining about lack of access to food and water”???

    Really?

  3. tunmi

    December 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    They word “mischievous” was overused

  4. olajumoke

    December 21, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    @bellanaija, why is your next page taking me to You tube? Please check it.. Thanks.

  5. Ijebujesha

    December 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Buhari is a serious curse on Nigerians from the highest point of heaven.

  6. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    December 21, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I was born at night but not yesterday’s night. Certainly this seems like a failure in leadership. Some legitimate questions, such as where were the senior Military officers when all this took place? Because if a senior officer was present, none of what took place wouldn’t have happened. Because, he or she would also have to drink water and eat as well as others. I simply don’t buy the argument that a mischievous member of the group was responsible for hiding the water tanker and all the food for the troops. How powerful is this member? Brig. General Sani Usman and the commanding officer should be court marshalled for dereliction of duty period. It seems almost everyone in Nigeria nowadays have to use one excuse or the other to absolved themselves from any blame whenever things go wrong. Taking ownership of situation is a sign of good leadership. We need to start accepting responsibility when things goes wrong. And stop apportioning blames to others. A word is enough for the wise. I. ‘ m just saying.

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