Saturday, October 11, 2014

Yet another trial in Nigeria

Yet another court-martial is to be convened in Nigeria, this time to try charges against a colonel and 15 others. The allegation is that they "abandoned battle after first destroying their own Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and armoured tanks and then lied about the destruction of the vehicles by ascribing  it to [Boko Haram] insurgents." From a news account:
According to [an authoritative] source, the colonel and his soldiers “were pushing forward towards the terrorists in Adamawa Sate, while other troops surrounded them. And as the troops were moving towards the insurgents with air support and passing information to the troops, the pilot informed the commander that the Boko Haram insurgents were coming in six Hilux vehicles. Then, the commander and his troops jumped down from the Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and armoured tanks, set them ablaze and took to their heels.”
The source said that the colonel and the soldiers reported to their superiors that the equipment were destroyed by insurgents.
“Consequently, a board of inquiry was set up only to discover that the APCs and armoured tanks were set ablaze by the troops,” the source told Saturday Tribune.

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