Borno Soldiers who protested at the Maiduguri Aiport have spoken on the Borno protest Incident last Sunday.
The protesters were part of the special force deployed to provide air defense and enhance security at the airport. The troops blocked some sections of the airport and fired shots in the air, causing chaos, as hundreds of pilgrims waiting to be flown to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj scampered for safety.
“The army special forces deployed to the airport were not trained to engage in ground battle rather trained to provide air defense. Our task is to provide air defense. Alas, special forces trained to fight ground battle are stationed in Maiduguri and we are deployed to go and die in Marte,” said one of the soldiers on the incident.
“Some troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were deployed and worked for over three years in the theatre and not rotated as against the directives by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai. The command is directed to redeploy soldiers back to their bases after spending stipulated time in the theatre of operation. We have spent over three years in the North-East and we should be transferred out of the North-East and not within.”
In a statement, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command, noted that “Calm however been restored, as the Theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko has promptly taken charge of the situation”