Thursday, 21 August 2014
Boko Haram: Minimah said Soldiers found guilty of conspiracy’ll be executed
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah yesterday in Enugu, hinted that firing squad awaits soldiers found to have conspired with members of Boko Haram in the North-East zone of the country.
The Chief of Army Staff, who was at the 82 Division, Enugu as part of his familiarisation tour of Nigerian Army formations, reiterated that the issue of conspiracy would not be tolerated.
Said he: “Of course, the issue of saboteurs, which we experienced in the North-East, where soldiers found it necessary to conspire, connive or collaborate with the terrorist elements, we are taking charge of that and
very soon, we will identify them and they will go through a field court martial and executed in the theatre.
“It is an offence against our campaign to rid Nigeria of insurgence and terrorist elements. You must avoid being caught in the web because it is field court martial now, no more administrative court martial. You will be brought, tried there and summarily dealt with.
“It is a volunteer army. If you are tired, simply put in your paper and go away. Don’t find fault in the army, don’t come and ridicule the army.”
He announced that the army was procuring additional ammunition and platforms to prosecute the war against terrorists in the North-East. “They will soon arrive and when they do, I can bet you, that we will end that thing very soon,” he said.
Minimah, who addressed soldiers and officers of the army division, warned wives of soldiers in all the military formations in the country to desist from any form of protest, saying they had no right to protest because they were not enlisted into the army.
He warned that if such repeated itself, “all those wives will leave the barracks the same day, adding: “They are not enlisted soldiers they are wives of soldiers and not a trade union.”