A Nigerian soldier with the 145th Battalion in Damasak, Maiduguri, Borno state, has resigned over alleged famine and abuse by the commanding officer, a army supply mentioned.
The supply informed SaharaReporters that the soldier angrily dropped his rifle on Tuesday and stop the job due to the plight of troopers on the entrance.
He mentioned, “Right this moment a soldier dropped his rifle and stop his job due to frustration and the hardship we face right here.”
He had beforehand knowledgeable SaharaReporters that the battalion’s commander, Lieutenant Colonel SA Ochalla, starved him and his colleagues for 4 days with out rationalization.
The soldier mentioned the troopers who fought insurgents whatever the scenario had been saddened as a result of their two-month cigarette allowance had not but been paid.
He mentioned, “We, the troopers of Battalion 145 in Damasak, Maiduguri, are dying of starvation. Our commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel SA Ochala, had refused to feed us for 4 days. He additionally refused to offer us our cigarette allowance cash in March and April. The world ought to assist us.
“We have not seen water to drink since that morning and have not eaten for 4 days. We nonetheless should combat as a result of our life comes first even earlier than we eat. Even on this state, we’re nonetheless preventing insurgents.
“That is the Nigerian system for you, every part is so corrupt. Nevertheless, corruption is extra pronounced within the Nigerian military. I have been within the Nigerian Military for over 5 years now and I believe I can let you know that. Think about we’re within the bush and never but fed. Our commanding officer gave no rationalization. He has not met with anybody on the topic. We’re ravenous, please assist us. “
Nigerian troopers have complained that Boko Haram overtakes them and that they’re typically despatched into battle with out ample provides.