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Army To Counsel Two Traumatised Soldiers

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By Chuks Ekpeneru

Two soldiers who allegedly made a recording of uncomplimentary remarks about the leadership of the armed forces after two vehicles in their convoy were destroyed by Boko Haram IEDs have been identified and taken into custody for observation and counseling.

This was disclosed by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche, in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said the two soldiers were among troops of Combat Team 1, Operation KANTANA JIMLAN who were involved in the incident when on a long range admin patrol.

He said two soldiers were reported dead and three others sustained injuries in the incident that happened eight kilometers ahead of Buni-Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State on the 18 of May 2020.

He said a recovery truck, one troops carrying vehicle and a water tanker that ran into the IED were destroyed by fire.

“Three terrorists were neutralized while uncomfirmed number escaped with various degrees of injury,” the DMO stated.

“However, due to mental snap/distress occasioned by fog of war, two of the soldiers who escaped the IED and terrorists’ ambush recorded the incident with uncomplimentary remarks, about the Nigerian Army and her leadership, which was released on the social media.

“Although this kind of outburst is expected in war, the soldiers involved have been identified and would undergo observation and counselling.

“The  Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain unwavering in its quest to end the terrorism and will do everything possible to ensure there is no repeat of this kind of traumatic incident/outburst.

“The Military High Command  commends  troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their unwavering determination, hardwork and resilience.”

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