Nigerian Army send strong message to Borno state governor.

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday warned that the allegation by Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum that troopers extorted individuals plying the Maiduguri-Damaturu route was counter-productive.

Although it promised to analyze the allegation, it aforesaid the action of the governor was capable of reversing the gains recorded up to now within the fight against insurgents and different criminal components across the country.

Swiftly, the   governor welcomed the  probe however was silent on the criticism by the military that his outburst may have an effect on the  war against insurgents.

Zulum had at a military checkpoint on  the route told the Theatre Commander, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, on Monday that  the troops were collecting N1,000.00 from every individual who had no  National Identity Cards.

But the military, through its   Operations Media organiser,  Col. Aminu Iliyasu, aforesaid the military outfit,  as “a skilled and disciplined establishment views such allegations seriously, particularly coming from a state govt.”

A statement created offered to reporters by Iliyasu reads in part, “the attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to an internet publication … similarly as some amateur video clips circulating on some social media platforms.

“In the aforesaid publication, His Excellency, the executive Governor of Borno State, professor  Zulum was speculated to have accused troopers of Operation Lafiya  Dole  deployed along maiduguri – Damaturu Road of extorting commuters and inflicting them unnecessary  hardship.

” it's necessary to unequivocally observe that public outburst, significantly by eminent personalities like a state executives, can be harmful and so capable of reversing the gains recorded up to now within the current fight against insurgents and different criminal parts across the state.”

The Army, however, assured that it would  carry out an intensive investigation to establish areas wherever there have been infractions and fish out any personnel indicted within the offensive act.

Iliyasu said: “ it's on record that  whenever such allegations of troops’ misconduct were created within the past, the  Army never reneged in conducting thorough investigations to determine them and wherever any infractions were established against any personnel, acceptable sanctions were applied in line with existent rules and regulations as provided for within the defense force Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The  Army desires to emphatically reiterate its steadfastness on the protection of lives, properties of all law, enduring citizens because it is committed to wiping out uprising within the Northeast and different sorts of criminality across the country.

“ in addition, citizens’ continuous support and cooperation are extremely appreciated.  Any discovered misconduct by troops can be reported directly through a toll – free code 193 for immediate remedy.”

Meanwhile, Zulum  has commended the fast response  of the military, saying he was happy that the matter wouldn't be swept  below the carpet.

“Governor Zulum is incredibly happy with the swift action from the military Headquarters and by implication, the headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole,”  his representative, Isa Gusau, aforesaid during a statement

Gusau added  that  “as somebody who took oath to serve the individuals of Borno State below each situation, he (Zulum) couldn't drive past the gridlock he saw around Njimtilo checkpoint, therefore he needed to step in.”

He explained  that  the governor’s  encounter with the theatre commander and his men did  “not and can not change the terribly high regard” Zulum   had  “for all the security personnel operating in Borno, particularly troopers who surrender their lives and safety to find peace for Borno.

The statement added: “Zulum acknowledges and respects the sacrifices of those troopers and also the undeniable fact that they place their lives on the line operating in high ways, wherever insurgents attempt to ambush them.

“The governor recognises all of those and also the incontrovertible fact that the military needs and deserves his support and the support of all citizens.

“ However, he also is aware of that civil-military cooperation are going to be better enhanced once certain conducts of a few are addressed in different to preserve and defend the integrity of majority of security personnel who not only do the proper things, however make the ultimate sacrifices of giving up their lives for Borno citizens whereas others abandon their families for months and years fighting at the front lines.”

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