‘Soldiers sell arms to Boko Haram’, Nigerian army admits
The Nigerian military has acknowledged that some members of the military sell arms to Boko Haram. Military officers are currently being court marshalled for their ‘betrayal of the Nigerian people’, according to Major General Lucky Irabor, the Joint Task Force commander fighting Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria.
The fight against Boko Haram has suffered a series of setbacks. Previous President, Goodluck Jonathan, publicly acknowledged that there were Boko Haram sympathisers in his government.
Top military officers and security advisers have been accused of diverting funds meant for arming the military and paying allowances to the soldiers. General Alex Badeh is one of those being investigated. He is alleged to have stolen about $24 million, Major Sambo Dasuki, the son of the former Sultan of sokoto is in court for $68 million fraud. Another military officer under scrutiny is Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai who had purchased properties in Dubai worth $1.5 million. He has denied any wrong-doing.
Many ill equipped soldiers have been killed by Boko Haram in the northeast and many have jailed in a controversial court marshalled for unity against their commanding officer, who, they claimed ordered them into a Boko Haram ambush.
The Military had arraigned 71 soldiers for mutiny, disobedience to obey particular orders, and false accusation amidst other charges. At the end of the trial, 66 were found guilty and 54 were sentenced to death. These sentences were however never carried out. Families and human rights organisations had criticised the sentencing amidst the corruption and ill equipment of the soldiers.