From. Sadiq abubakar Maiduguri
Over one hundred soldiers from the Division 7 of the NIGERIAN Army Maiduguri have been moved to Abuja to face court martial for several offences including absenteeism without official approval or official leave of absence or allowances AWOL.
It was gathered that the soldiers who have been in detention since last month, November were accused of various offences including going on AWOL which occurs mostly when they come across battle or heavy exchange of fire with the boko haram insurgents which makes them to abandon their duty posts or stations turned war theatre in most cases which is an offence according to the military act.
According to reliable military source other offences levelled against the arrested soldiers include desertion and loss of weapons belonging to the Nigerian Army in their possession which were released to them for duty
In the theatres where the war against the boko haram insurgents have been fought, negligence of then side of the soldiers where several expensive weapons of the Nigerian Army have been seized by their enemies, the boko haram terrorists after the soldiers and their officers abandoned their weapons and ran away out of fear or fright of the boko haram insurgents who are mostly better armed.
It will be recalled that if another court Marshall is constituted to try these soldiers, it will be the latest case in the last quarter of this year and it will be the third set of soldiers that would be tried for various offences related to the insurgency in borno state.
Meanwhile a four- day shut down have been ordered by the General officer Commanding GOC of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army Major General Ibrahim Mohammed who is the Chief Security Officer of the state under the State of Emergency Rule.
The shut down which is an addition to the already existing curfew starts Wednesday Christmas eve by 6pm and will go on till Sunday morning before anybody will be allowed to move around the state capital Maiduguri.
The no vehicular movement shut down is aimed at reducing the possibility of car and human suicide bombers penetrating crowded relaxation spots were some Christians would be relaxing to unleash terror on them.
The same method was used to manage the last Muslim Ediel Kabir holiday in the besieged city of Maiduguri.
Commuters are however allowed to stroll about within their neighbourhoods or wards but there will be no vehicular movement within the city and its environs except for those on essential services.