Despite denials by Nigerian Army, another video shows hungry soldiers protesting shoddy treatment

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A video showing hungry Nigerian soldiers descending on a military helicopter conveying food, water and other essentials has emerged on the Internet.

The footage was first uploaded on Facebook around midnight on Thursday by online newspaper, The Herald, and it came three days after the one about soldiers making desperate appeal for food and water drew widespread condemnation of the Nigerian Army.

The two videos lend their respective corroboration to this newspaper’s exclusive reports about the plight of Nigerian soldiers on the battlefront.

In the latest video, soldiers could be seen swarming on the helicopter. They jostled for the supplies first amongst themselves before turning on the occupants of the helicopter.

While the video was largely inaudible due to the noisy confusion, the following quotes could be clearly heard.

“Come out here! Come out here!” A soldier said while hitting the helicopter with punches.

“You people are not going anywhere,” another one said.

“Kon jade now (Let them come out),” a soldier said in Yoruba.

“Na so the thing be. This is how it is in the bush, life and direct,” a soldier could also be heard as saying.

PREMIUM TIMES reported that the General Officer Commanding of Nigerian Army 7 Division in Maiduguri, Victor Ezugwu, was aboard the chopper.

This newspaper also reported that the incident happened in Sambisa Forest last week Friday and further reported the circumstances surrounding the protest.

The soldiers accused the commander of leaving them to fight for two days without food.

Most of the soldiers involved in the revolt were deployed to Sambisa from 21 Brigade in Bama, Borno State.

PREMIUM TIMES obtained new details of the incident on Saturday, that show that the soldiers went from 9:00 a.m. on December 14 till 6:00 p.m. on December 15 — more than 24 hours — without food.

When Mr. Ezugwu, a brigadier general, eventually arrived in a helicopter bearing food and other supplies on Friday morning, the troops swooped on him and scavenged the snacks, food and water he brought. They removed all the supplies, including parts for operational vehicles and other equipment, before moving towards the GOC in an attempt to attack him, our sources said.

But Mr. Ezugwu denied that such incident ever played out and accused PREMIUM TIMES of allegedly working to deface the Army and ‘promote’ Boko Haram.

“I want to assure that nothing like mutiny happened in Bama. Nothing happened,” he told reporters in Maiduguri on Friday. “I just came back from Bama and nothing like that happened.”


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    I am amazed at the pervasive stuupiditi that has engulfed Nigeria since the daft and dumb took over on May 29, 2015. It is only in Nigeria that killing of citizens whatever the number, does not matter to the vagabond politicians parading themselves as leaders. From retired Brigadier Buhari to the state Governors, Ministers and expectedly the thieving Senators of the United States of Nigeria who have spended all their time stealing and concealing fraud and allocating illegal loans and allowances to selves and cronies.

    Now, ‘listen’ to the new Islamist terrorist in town (Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna) in response to why curfew should exist in Southern Kaduna on Christmas day:

    “I don’t think the state government should be blamed, those responsible for the violence that broke out in those parts of the state should be held responsible for that. We have not imposed curfew in other parts of the state, we had to impose curfew here because of the situation that was caused by IRRESPONSIBLE behaviour by certain people.”

    It is instructive to note that this same He-diort and blood sucking Governor who has been paying periodic salaries to Herdsmen Islamist terrorists ostensibly to keep them from attacking non Muslim farmers is now referring to the people of Southern Kaduna as displaying “irresponsible behavior” simply because they protested his collusion and have resolved to retire to self defense forthwith. Vampire El-Rufai has never at any time referred to Fulani Herdsmen as “irresponsible” in their behavior despite the incessant killings and arson that these devils from hell have caused in the Southern Kaduna communities.

    I can only pray that his resting furnace in hell be fired up to degrees equivalent to the number of innocent lives that have been lost through the killings by his beloveth terrorist herdsmen – a people who have not even one of them in court anywhere in Nigeria despite over 19,200 lives lost thus far.