Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, the Nigerian newspaper Leadership broke the story, though the military insisted there was no truth in the reports.
There are a lot of arrests that have been made over some officers who were sabotaging the ongoing counter-insurgency operations. The suspects include about 10 generals and other ranks, not to talk of soldiers who have been found culpable of sabotaging our operations. They are facing trial before court-martials set up by their divisions; some have been found guilty, and some are still facing trial. Once the court martial rule, the recommendations are forwarded to the Army Headquarters or Defense Headquarters as the case may be,” a source disclosed.
The Associated Press reported that for months politicians and soldiers have been telling them “that some senior officers were helping the Islamic extremists and that some rank-and-file soldiers even fight alongside the insurgents and then return to army camps.”
The alleged sabotage by senior officers could explain the military’s failure to curb a 5-year-old Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands despite a year-long state of emergency in the northeast.
The kidnapping crisis has highlighted Nigeria’s failure to curb Boko Haram’s uprising.