Hundreds of Nigerian Soldiers Flee to Cameroon
Faced by the lack of arms, ammunitions and other military hardware to battle the Boko Haram insurgents, whose fire power they cannot match, at least 480 soldiers in the Nigerian army has deserted to Cameroon, the BBC is reporting.
The BBC in a tweet Monday afternoon stated that the Cameroonian army confirmed the development and that the deserted soldiers are being taken to the northern city of Maroua in Cameroon, though it did not state where the soldiers defected from or the reason for their action.
“Army spokesman Lt Col Didier Badjek said the soldiers had been disarmed and were now being accommodated in schools, BBC added.”
The desertion is coming barely one day after leader of the Boko Haram sect declared the town of Gwoaza in Borno State it captured few weeks ago an Islamic Caliphate.
In a video released on Sunday, which also showed scenes of Nigerian soldiers running for safety and arms recovered from Nigerian soldiers, the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau congratulated his fighters for seizing the town of Gwoza earlier this month.
The Nigeria’s army through its spokesman Chris Olukolade rejected the claim as “empty,” same as it has done in several of such instances, including the claim by Nigerian soldiers that they are ill-equipped to fight Boko Haram.
Last week, the BBC reported that about 40 Nigerian soldiers have refused orders from their superior to fight Boko Haram until they receive better equipment.
Although the army debunked the report stating that the BBC interviewed a fake soldier, it later released a statement saying that soldiers who refused to fight are undergoing trial for mutiny.
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