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Boko Haram’s Capture of Mubi: Six top military officers may face trial

Boko Haram’s Capture

Boko Haram’s Capture

Six Nigerian Army officers might be court-martialed over the
capture of Mubi, the second largest city in Adamawa State, by
members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
Earlier, five military commanders were handcuffed and
detained at the military police guard room at the 23 Brigade
headquarters in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, for allegedly
abandoning Mubi and leaving it to Boko Haram militants last
Wednesday.
The officers, whose names were given as Colonel Ibrahim, Lt.
Colonel Magaji and three others were said to have abandoned
the 213 Brigade headquarters a few minutes after Boko Haram
militants reached Mararaba and Hildi on the outskirts of
Mubi.
Reports say that the Brigade Commander of the 23rd
Armoured Brigade Yola, Colonel O.O Popoola is also being
quizzed at the Military Headquarters, Abuja, on the role of his
command in the fall of 234 Battalion Mubi Barrack.
A top military source who would not want to be identified
said “six senior military officers from the command are
presently being interrogated over the fall of Mubi.
“Some Colonels and other senior officers have been invited to
Abuja to give account of their activities or negligence that led
to the fall of Mubi town. Honestly our Brigade Commander
has been summoned while many soldiers have been detained,”
the source added.
The soldiers’ story
One of the soldiers who took part in the fierce battle told
reporters that they were overpowered by the insurgents. He
said the Nigerian troop lost the battle because they lacked
weapons.
“We mobilised at Uba, Maraba Mubi and Mubi town itself to
liberate Michika and Madagali from the hand of insurgents.
“We were not well equipped and we sent advance team. Our
advance team engaged the insurgents.”
“After hours of exchange battle, we were on the receiving end
and had to retreat due to the superior fire power of the
insurgents. They used sophisticated weapons including AA
( Anti-Aircraft) and RPGs”.
He said after the Nigerian troop retreated, the insurgents gave
them a hot chase into Mubi.
“Those soldiers who were at Maraba Mubi and other military
posts at Uba, Hildi and other military outposts were
overwhelmed. And without wasting time, the boys overran
Mubi.
In the meantime, Defence sources say that investigations are
ongoing as to the cause of abandonment of the battle by the
commanders.
Another set of commanders from the 234 Brigade have
allegedly been detained by the military authorities after they
left the MRS Hospital in Yola.
The commanders include Lt. Col O.A Agwu and his
lieutenants. They equally fled the battle scene in Mubi, even
though Lt. Col Agwu’s pick up van somersaulted twice and
crashed injuring him and his lieutenants.
Mubi had three army battalions comprising of the “234
Brigade, the 213 Brigade and the 21 Support Group” when it
fell to militants last week.
As it is now, the Nigeria troops are yet to regain the lost
territories from the hands of the insurgents.

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