Earlier this week, Premium Times had reported that, 83 soldiers went missing including a commanding officer, while some died from drowning in the River Yobe after an attack by the Boko Haram sect, which the army could not withstand as a result of the sophisticated weapons they wielded.
However, two separate reports have been retrieved at different interactions, from two senior officers of the Nigerian Army on the actual number of soldiers that went missing on the day of the attack.
Mr. Sani Usman, the army spokesman said to Pulse Nigeria that, the army had said that some soldiers went missing but, they never stated the number of soldiers. He maintained that, that is how it is going to remain, despite being pressed to divulge the exact number of missing soldiers. He rather charged Premium Times to justify the information they had given to the public.
On the other hand, Mr. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in the north-east was quoted by the News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) as stating that, the Army declared 39 soldiers missing. He also added that, some of the soldiers had returned, leaving just a handful still missing.
It is reported that, this is the first official statement where a figure is attached to the missing soldiers. Nothing has been said yet as per the number of dead soldiers.
Source: Premium Times
Written by Okolo Ezinne