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“Troops are in high spirit” – Army debunks claims of desertion Soldiers in Marte, Dikwa

The Nigerian army has debunked reports making headlines that its troops absconded from the frontlines following Boko Haram attack in Marte and Dikwa Local Government Areas of Borno state.

The army described the publications as false, unfounded, and an attempt to malign the image and character of the Nigerian army.

In a statement signed by the army public relations officer, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, and made available to ROOTS TV, he advised members of the general public to disregard the story as the subversive intent of the promoters is targeted at dampening the morale and fighting efficiency of the troops.

Part of the statements reads: “For the records, in the fog of war, it is a routine that headcount is conducted to determine the number of men and equipment holding in the aftermath of a military offensive. Unfortunately, an internal correspondence that was originated by the formation was not properly done. It was later discovered that a good number of those affected rejoined their respective units and are currently part of the ongoing clearance operations”

It is on record that the troops fought to defend the Internally Displaced Persons camp and the United Nations Humanitarian Hub in Dikwa.

The army also claims that normalcy has since returned to Dikwa and its environs.

The army, therefore, reassures the public that troops are in high spirit and currently clearing areas infiltrated by Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.