Nigerian Army has launched an investigation into the recent Boko Haram massive attack, which claimed dozens of lives near Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
Nigerian Pilot recalls at least 85 people died when some terrorists attacked a village on January 30, which was the third attack in four days.
The series of attacks rubbished the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that Nigeria had largely defeated Boko Haram.
Spokesman for the Army, Col. Sani Usman confirmed the probe in a statement.
He said the recent unfortunate attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on communities close to Maiduguri, despite our successes calls for concern. “To this end the Nigerian Army has already commenced investigation into the attacks. All those found wanting will be dealt with in accordance with the Armed Forces Act.
Col. Usman said a standing Special Court Martial in the North East has already been established by the Nigerian Army, and that all cases of indiscipline and related acts of misconduct including human rights abuse in the operations will be tried by the Special Court Martial.
The unrepentant terror attacks on the North-East region have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and many are afraid to return, despite government assurances of their safety, after the recent attacks.
Rights group Amnesty International has also accused the military itself of committing war crimes and possible crimes against humanity in the course of its operations against the group.
Boko Haram, which seeks a hardline Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has killed some 17,000 people and forced more than 2.6 million others to flee their homes since the start of its insurgency in 2009.
In the meantime, Col. Usman noted that there were speculations in the media, especially the online media recently to the effect that Operation LAFIYA DOLE has been taken over by the Defence Headquarters and that soldiers are not happy about it.
He explained further that since inception of the operation, there has always been a hierarchy of command and control as indeed in all military operations.

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