Military Launches Probe into Wednesday’s shooting at Maimalari Barracks

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Defence Headquarters has said that it was ready to launch an inquisition into sporadic shooting by soldiers at Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri on Wednesday.
It was gathered that the shooting was carried out by the soldiers to show their displeasure over the killing of their colleagues by insurgents while returning from an operation at Chibok,

According to source, the soldiers shot when the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the newly established 7 Division of the Nigeria Army, Maiduguri, Maj-Gen. Ahmadu Mohammed, visited the Maimalari Barrack within the metropolis where some of the soldiers allegedly killed were mobilized from.

It was also gathered that the incident happened when the GOC was at the barrack ostensibly to calm fray nerves.

The soldiers were said to have started shooting, firing into the air in protest over what they described as wrong order of their boss that led to the killing of their colleagues.

A source within the barrack, told journalists that some soldiers were sent on an operation in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation and had indicated their willingness to spend the night in a village on Tuesday but were allegedly ordered by the army leadership in the division to proceed to Maiduguri in the night.

The order however proved disastrous as they were ambushed by Boko Haram, leading to the death of over 10 of them.

Although it could not be officially ascertained, there was strong rumour in town that the GOC was shot at in the milieu.

Efforts to get reaction of 7 Division, through the spokesman, Col Mohammed Dole, could not however yield result as his mobile phones were not going through.

But the Defence spokesman, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement that  “7 Division of the Nigerian Army is to institute a military board of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the conduct of soldiers who fired some shots today while the General Officer Commanding was addressing troops in Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri.

“The incident occurred when the corpses of four soldiers who died in an ambush while returning from patrol duties in Chibok was being conveyed to the morgue.

“There is calm in the cantonment and all normal operations activities are ongoing,” Olukolade said.

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