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Security experts advance reasons Army deserted Marte, Dikwa for Boko Haram

Information, rightly believed to be disturbing, had filtered in that officers and males of the Nigerian Military fled from the frontlines after Boko Haram insurgents invaded and took over navy bases and the cities of New Marte and Dikwa in Marte and Dikwa Native Authorities Areas of Borno State.

The information, which many wished was not true, was, nevertheless, confirmed by military authorities by way of a sign from the headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital on March 1, 2021.

The sign, signed by Colonel AO Odubiyi, which labelled the officers and troopers as deserters, put their quantity at three majors, three captains, six lieutenants, three sergeants, and 89 troopers.

The sign reads: “I’m directed to attach Reference A on above topic and to respectfully ahead particulars of extra officers and troopers who absconded from the defensive location in the course of the BHT assault on New Marte and Dikwa.

“You might be requested to declare the named officers and troopers’ deserters WEF 19 Feb 21. You might be additionally requested to trigger HQ NAFC to freeze their accounts and apprehend/carry them below navy escort to this Headquarters if seen inside your AOR.”

It could be recalled that the Boko Haram insurgents had dislodged Nigerian troops in Marte on February 14, prompting the troops to relocate to Dikwa. Within the battle for the takeover of New Marte, seven troopers of the 153rd Job Power Battalion, had been reportedly killed by the insurgents after which they hoisted their flags within the Marte space.

The insurgents additionally took the warfare to the troops at Dikwa on February 19 earlier than they had been repelled.

Irked by the audacity of the insurgents, the Chief of Military Employees, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, whereas on a go to to Dikwa, gave the troops a 48-hour ultimatum to recapture Marte from the insurgents, a process the troops carried out.

The information of the desertion of the officers and troopers, has, nevertheless, dropped at the fore salient points surrounding Nigeria’s prosecution of the warfare on insurgency.

In accordance with specialists and analysts, the truth that officers and males of the Nigerian Military fled from the battle area speaks quantity about the way in which the warfare is being prosecuted. They’re additionally nearly unanimous concerning the sort of tools, intelligence and welfare that’s out there for the troops on the frontlines.

Babatunde Adebowale, a safety strategist/guide, in a chat with DAILY POST, was unequivocal in his perception that a number of issues may very well not be proper with the way in which the Nigerian navy has been waging the warfare towards the Boko Haram insurgency.

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In accordance with him, the matter of concern of the navy needs to be watertight intelligence, with out which he stated they are going to be preventing a blind warfare and stay on the mercy of the insurgents.

“I wish to imagine that the main disadvantage for the navy within the combat towards Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) is the dearth of enough and real intelligence about their actions and plans. The insurgents have largely been capable of assault communities and navy formations, wrecking havoc as a result of the navy have been oblivious about their actions and plans. So that they have largely caught our troopers unawares.

“It will likely be foolhardy for anybody to suppose {that a} ragtag military like Boko Haram and ISWAP are higher than our troopers. Removed from it! The insurgents have succeeded largely of their raids and assaults due to the component of shock they’ve to this point employed, which is as a result of our troops do not need enough intelligence at their disposal,” he stated.

Additionally in a chat with DAILY POST, a Lagos primarily based safety skilled, who runs one among Nigeria’s non-public safety companies, believes that the sort of tools on the disposal of the troops is a contributing issue to the lingering warfare, and the way in which troops have extra time develop into straightforward targets of the insurgents.

In accordance with the safety skilled, who doesn’t wish to be named, a number of movies have been posted on-line exhibiting Nigerian troopers with simply AK-47 rifles whereas the insurgents are armed with rather more subtle weapons, gun vans and RPGs.

“Allow us to not deceive ourselves, the insurgents most occasions seem higher armed with superior firepower. We now have a properly educated military who can maintain its personal anyplace; however what do you do once you come head to head with an enemy with higher tools?

“I keep in mind the rapid previous Governor of Borno, Shettima telling reporters in Abuja that Boko Haram insurgents are higher geared up. As a soldier, what do you do in such a scenario? Agreed that it’s not a part of the character of a soldier to desert the battlefield and flee however once you do not need what it takes to take in your enemy, you could by no means have an possibility”, he stated.

A retired military officer who selected to stay nameless, nevertheless, believes that the desertion of the officers and troopers needs to be a trigger for concern.

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In accordance with him, what military authorities selected to label as desertion might not be totally true as some may need even been killed whereas orders could have retreated to their foremost bases.

“This isn’t a brand new factor. It occurs when navy bases are dislodged,” he stated.

He additionally opined that a number of the troopers may need left in protests towards the truth that the insurgents have superior weapons.

“It needs to be famous that a lot of the weapons procured by the federal authorities in 2013 and 2014 have worn out and they aren’t being changed. Some had been truly stolen by the insurgents throughout raids on navy bases. These are a number of the points the federal government and the military excessive command should look into if the troops on the frontlines should give their finest”, he stated.

Apart from intelligence and tools, many respondents to questions posed by DAILY POST additionally identified that welfare and high quality motivation might also be one of many causes for the desertion of the officers and troopers. There have been issues over time over the welfare of troopers within the frontlines, with allegations that a number of the commanders are within the behavior of shortchanging their males.

Although the allegations have remained unproven, analysts imagine that good welfare and high quality motivation for the troops is essential in placing them in the precise mind set to not solely combat the insurgents but additionally win the warfare conclusively.

In accordance with them, allowances for the troopers have to be proper and well timed for them to provide their finest in defending their fatherland.

Talking additional, Mr. Adebowale is of the opinion that the difficulty of rotation of the troopers within the frontlines have to be taken critically, as a few of them are already battle weary.

“Rotation of the troopers within the theatre of warfare have to be taken critically. There isn’t any approach you’ll be able to have a soldier within the frontlines for upward of two years non cease and he is not going to to be battle weary. A time will come when he’ll really feel the necessity to relaxation and re-energize. And thank God, the brand new Chief of Military Employees, Main Basic Ibrahim Tahiru made point out of this whereas addressing a number of the troops within the North-East shortly after his appointment.

“You can not take away the adverse impression fatigue can have within the prosecution of any warfare. That will simply have contributed to the desertion of the 101 troopers”, he submitted.

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