Nigerian Army has confirmed the reinstatement of the former General Officer Commanding, GOC 7th Division, Maiduguri, Borno State, Maj-General Ahmadu Mohammed into the service.
General Mohammed was reportedly shot at by soldiers under his command at Maimalari Barracks in 2014, after they lost 12 of their colleagues in an ambush to Boko Haram members at Chibok community.
Consequently, the GOC was redeployed and later sacked from the military, but Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed to Nigerian Pilot that the officer was not tried by any military court.
It was not clear where the reinstated General was posted to, but reports by Sahara Reporters said General Mohammed’s reinstatement was secretly done by the military high command after he had written several letters to the Army authority demanding his reinstatement into the military.
The terrorist group in its guerrilla warfare reportedly ambushed a convoy of soldiers returning from Chibok community, the town where hundreds of female students of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) were kidnapped and opened fire on them.
The reaction of the soldiers irked the military authority who set up a court martial to try the erring soldiers. Some of the soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny.
The affected soldiers, however, accused the then president Goodluck jonathan of negligence of duty as well as aiding the terrorists by sending soldiers to battle without adequate weapons.
Major General Ahmadu Mohammed was in charge of Giwa Barracks when Boko Haram attacked it on March 14, 2014. The army responded by killing more than 640 escapees. He was later removed from his post after mutiny from soldiers who alleged that the death of their colleagues on May 12 as well as the ambushed killing of 70 more the next day when returning from Chibok, stirred up the bad blood that led to the mutiny against their commander, Major General Mohammed, at the Maimalari Barracks.
Reacting to the sad incident then, the Commander, Army Headquarter Garrison, B.T Ndiomu, ordered the General Court Martial (GCM) to be presided over by C.C Okonkwo, a Brigadier General. The Army court-martialled 18 soldiers for attempted murder and mutiny in Maimalari cantonment, 11 of the soldiers faced six-count charge including committing mutiny. Reports later emerged that 12 out of the 18 soldiers standing trial for attempted murder and mutiny in Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri, were found guilty and sentenced to death by a Military court sitting in Abuja.
A source within the military who spoke on condition of anonymity during the happenings gave a detailed insight on how the 12 soldiers were killed in 2014, by Boko Haram at Bita village. The source disclosed that selected soldiers, who were transferred from their operational base in Mubi, Adamawa State, to the “213” Battalion from the newly created “7 Division” of the Nigerian Army were stationed in Maimalari Barracks. The source disclosed that upon their arrival, the soldiers were asked to gear up without knowing the location of their mission.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army in 2014 came under massive criticism for its extreme tactics in fighting the terror group, Boko Haram. Amnesty International in its report then, accused the Nigerian military, including senior military commanders of committing horrible atrocities in northeast of the country. Its report unveiled facts, figures and identities of those responsible for war crimes, including setting up death camps and gas chambers.