500 Soldiers stranded in Maiduguri without Weapons with Boko Haram

January 28, 2015 8:06 am

More than 500 soldiers who fled from Monguno as Islamist insurgents
attacked the town three days ago are now stranded in Maiduguri, the
Borno State capital. According to SR, the soldiers fled from Monguno
after fighters sacked their military base, sending soldiers
and thousands of civilians on the run last Sunday.Some of the soldiers were seen roaming the streets of Maiduguri, with
some claiming that they ran from their base after they ran out of
bullets during a fierce battle with Islamist militants.

“Some of us had finished all our bullets and we didn’t have spare ones,
so that is why we left Monguno,” one of the soldiers revealed. 

He added: “On getting to headquarters [Maimalari barracks] they refused
to clear us. Please how can we fight when we are not empowered?”

The soldiers categorically stated that they went to Maimalari Barracks
in Maiduguri to report themselves, but they were denied entry into the

Another soldier who spoke to Sahara Reporters said it was really
unfortunate that they were being ignored as if they deliberately decided
to lose their barracks to Boko Haram fighters.

“Some of our regular soldiers were killed in the course of defending
this nation,” he said. Now we are roaming the streets of Maiduguri as if
it [was] our fault. But our big officers refused to give us weapons to
fight Boko Haram,” he added.
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