…they are on their way back -DHQ
Report has it that about 480 Nigerian soldiers, who fled the troubled Gwoza town and its environs, following an onslaught by the dreaded Islamic fundamentalist group, Boko Haram, are currently sheltered in Cameroon. The soldiers fled across the borders to the neighbouring Francophone country after fierce fighting between them and the insurgents, who overran the town.
Quoting Cameroonian Army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Didier Badjek, the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, reported that the escapee soldiers have been disarmed and housed in schools.
The insurgents, as earlier reported, had captured Gamboru-Ngala, a key town bordering part of Borno State with the Cameroonian republic. The insurgents were said to have captured an army barracks and raided houses in the town.
In a video released by BBC, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, announced their total takeover of the beleaguered town, after which he declared it an “Islamic Caliphate.”
The insurgents recorded an almost unprecedented feat in their terrorist campaigns, when they invaded a mobile police training college and killed many police recruits in the facility. Scores of recruits were said to have escaped into Mubi, in Adamawa State to avoid being killed by the rampaging insurgents. 35 policemen, according to Police authorities, are still unaccounted for. The insurgents are also in control of other towns like Marte in Borno State, Buni Yadi in Yobe State, and Madagali in Adamawa State.
Nigerian Soldiers who fled into Cameroon on their way back – DHQ
They Are On Their Way Back
The Nigerian Defence headquarters admitted some of its soldiers fled to Cameroon, but said they were on their way back. The Army posted on its website described the action of the soldiers “a tactical maneuver.”
According to the Nigerian Army, “the Nigerian troops that were found in Cameroun was as a result of a sustained battle between the troops and the terrorists around the borders with Cameroun which saw the Nigerian troops charging through the borders in a tactical maneuver. Eventually they found themselves on Camerounian soil.
“Being allies the normal protocol of managing such incident demanded that the troops submit their weapons in order to assure the friendly country that they were not on a hostile mission.
“Following necessary discussions between Nigerian and Camerounian military authorities, the issues have been sorted out. Subsequently, the troops are on their way back to join their unit in Nigeria.”
The Army said it was inappropriate to reference the incident as “a defection.” The statement stated that Nigerian troops “are repelling a group of terrorists who are trying to enter the country through Gamborou Ngala”, while those “who fizzled into the town are being pursued,”