Army Hqtrs Orders Probe Into Maimalari Barracks Shooting

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By Ibrahim Imam, Kaduna.

The Defence headquarters has directed an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the violent protest by some soldiers who fired gunshots in confrontation with the General Officers Commanding Major General Ahmed Mohammed while addressing them on Wednesday.

The angry soldiers were said to have protested following the death of their colleagues in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents.

Following the protest that took place at Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri yesterday, the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army has said it will institute a military board of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the conduct of soldiers who fired some gunshots during the protest.

In a statement by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, the Defence Headquarters explained that “the incident occurred when the corpses of 4 soldiers who died in an ambush while returning from patrol duties in Chibok was being conveyed to the morgue.”

“There is calm in the cantonment and all normal operations activities are ongoing,” he added.

Maj-Gen Ahmed Mohammed escaped unhurt after soldiers shot at his car at the Maimalari barracks, the sources said.

The soldiers blamed him for the killing of their colleagues in an ambush by suspected Boko Haram militants.