A Colonel in the Nigerian army and some of his junior colleagues have been arrested for sabotaging the country’s military offensive against the dreaded Islamic insurgents known as Boko Haram in the North eastern part of the country.
This confirmed the existence of the fifth columnist within the military as alleged by the Chief of Defence Staff theory.
The colonel, a muslim, who is yet to be identified, was commanding a team of three Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, and ground troops between Gulak and Madagali, when he committed the act of sabotage by ordering troops to set the APCs on fire.
There was no justifiable reason for the action as the APCs have the firing power of 1.5kilometres or even more, and they ought to have outgunned the poorly equipped Boko Haram terrorists approaching nearby in six Hilux vehicles.
With the APCs burnt, the commanding officer reportedly led his men to escape into the bush, as reported by Saturday Vanguard.
It is the view of some indigenes of the state the Army authorities were outraged over the development and ordered the arrest of the commander and the junior officers as well as the soldiers under his command.
Military sources who spoke said the action was ‘embarrassing’ and a setback to the military push in the area.