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The Nigerian Army is holding two
officers – a major and a captain – in connection with alleged sabotage of the
ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North-East.

A military source said on Wednesday
that the Army authorities were intensifying efforts to rid the service of
saboteurs in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations.

It was gathered that the Army
commenced a painstaking but discreet investigations into the activities of some
of its personnel following the Boko Haram attack on troops’ location in
Gashigar, on October 22, 2016.

The Acting Director, Army Public
Relations, Col. Sani Usman, had said in a statement on Saturday that 13
soldiers were wounded during a surprise Boko Haram attack on troops at Gashigar
in the north of Borno State

Usman had stated that some soldiers
were missing after the attack.

The statement did not give the
exact number of those missing during the Gashigar attack.

It was learnt that both President
Mohammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, were
alarmed by the Gashigar attack, which involved an entire unit.

It was gathered that the Army
authorities decided to conduct a discreet investigation into the telephone
conversation of some of the security personnel and their civilian counterparts
and uncovered some suspicious activities through the screening.

A military source said on Wednesday
that the Army was intensifying investigation to unravel two established cases
against the arrested suspects, which were the leakage of information on troops’
movement to the insurgents and the raising of funds to finance Boko Haram operations
through cattle rustling.

The source added, “The President
was furious and discussed  the matter
with the COAS when some of the heads of that units were ambushed by the Boko
Haram.

“The Army leadership took out time
to screen the communications lines of the officers for several days without
making it known.

“The suspicion was that they have
links with some civilians and the links were traced. They are giving them vital
information concerning the movement of soldiers.

“How come that the Borno State
Governor and other officials have not been attacked, yet they ambushed the
Chief of Army Staff. They have not attacked civilians but they attacked the
COAS.”

When our correspondent contacted
the Acting Army spokesman, he said investigation into the matter was ongoing.

He added that the Army would not
release information on the matter in view of the fact that there was an ongoing
planned rescue operation in the area.

He said, “Investigation is ongoing
and once we conclude, the suspects would be arraigned before a court of
competent jurisdiction.”

Usman, who denied reports that 83
soldiers were missing in action, said the military did not lose any soldier to
the Gashigar attack.

He, however, stated that the
military suspects would be subject to military laws in accordance with the law.

Usman had said in a statement on
Tuesday that a total of 32 persons, comprising two military officers, two
soldiers, two policemen and 26 civilians were in custody for allegedly
sabotaging the ongoing operations.

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