Lafiya Dole: Army explains ‘mild complaints’ by few soldiers, says none owed allowance

The Army has dismissed reports that its troops an unidentified battalion under Operation Lafiya Dole protested over alleged unpaid operational allowances as well as obsolete equipment in Maiduguri.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, statement on Friday, said the media reports were unsubstantiated and did represent the true situation the incidents.

Yerima said that what some media reports described as protest was a mild complaints by few soldiers Mobile Strike Team (MST), deployed for Exercise Tura Takaibango in the frontline operations.

According to him, at about 3 p.m. on March 25, some of the troops of Mobile Strike Team 10 and 11, who were primed to conduct phase 2 of Exercise TURA TAKAIBANGO in Bama after the first phase of the exercise, raised some concerns.

“The concerns were quickly addressed they were relaunched to the second phase of the operations.

“On the issue of ‘obsolete weapons’ as reported in some media, the position of Army Headquarters is that soldiers have right to demand for proper weapons to prosecute the operations.

“However, the Federal Government was concerted efforts toward deploying new equipment to augment the existing ones in the theater of operation.

“The Army wishes to also deny report that any soldier was (owed) any operational allowances. No soldier was (owed) any allowance in the theatre,” he said.

Army spokesperson gave assurance that army would continue to remain and determined to perform its constitutional roles and responsibilities professionally in the protection of the sovereignty of Nigeria.

He added that the army was also committed to ensuring the safety of lives and property while clearing the terrorists, their cohorts and collaborators in the . (NAN)