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

Adamawa people fleeing from Boko Haram. (Mubi)

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.

The spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, declined to confirm or deny the arrest and probe of the top officers.

He only said, “Anyone who is found negligent in his duty or culpable for any operational lapse will have to account for his action and where necessary face the appropriate sanction.”


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  • Thepeople

    Mubi has been captured, it is immaterial. BOKO HARAM is matching on till they get to Abuja. Then our bloated generals would wake up to the doom we are facing.#badehmustgo

  • austine007

    Let me give you a little gist that will probably not surprise you. During the 2011 Presidential Elections. OBJ advised Jonathan that, if he hopes to win the election in the north, he (Jonathan) should close the Northern borders atleast 48-hours before the election day proper. But true to OBJ’s counsel Jonathan closed the borders 5-days before the election and increased heavy security presence all and around these borders. That was the reason for the low turn-out of voters in the North during the last Presidential elections. But because they were bent on rigging the election they began to bring-out minors to come and vote for Buhari. Most of the youth corps members refused to compromise and exposed these minors. This was one of the reasons NYSC corps members were slaughtered like chickens in the post election violence that followed. Similarly, in the military, police, sss and all para-military services Boko Haram has sympathetic members who have pledged their allegiance to them. So evven if Jonathan gives an order to go and slaughter BH at point A you can be rest assured BH will get the info before the military gets there. And there info comes from top top Ogas at the top. That is why many soldiers are angry with their GOCs… I speak with authority from DIA!!

    • Stephanie

      How is your response related to the fall of Mubi to insurgents bonzo?

      • austine007

        Nincompoop it is very much related!

    • True son of the soil

      Abeg tell another story jare, didn’t Buhari win all the northern states,with up to 12million vote?so why telling lies on this forum.

      • austine007

        So if he did how did INEC declare Jonathan the winner?

      • austine007

        So if Buhari won in all the Northern States, with up to 12-million vote as you claim how did INEC declare Jonathan as President? Or don’t you know the constitutional requirement for declaring someone a Senator, Governor or President? Well, look it up on INEC’s website bro!

    • u s man

      He’s an agent of pdp, he’s in their payroll

      • austine007

        Say what you like…

  • True son of the soil

    Is time to deployed our prayer warrior to counter Boko Haram.

  • GEJ the devisive and unfit

    GEJ and his Generals in Abuja are hypocrite, they are using this soldiers as scapegoat, you announced a bogus unilateral ceasefire and force them to comply. you starve them with better equipment despite collecting 1 billion dollar loan. This young soldiers know that the issue is all about chop chop and politics, for them running away is the best option. From all indication all soldiers posted to fight BokoHaram in the north east will be court martial.

  • Coscto

    Why is it only the military paying for this monumental screw up. The civilians in the government particularly the ones that corroborated the non existent ceasefire should either resign or be sacked.

  • austine007

    Should I tell you also that Buhari transported Ammunition in Petrol tankers to the Eastern and Western parts of Nigeria but they were intercepted before the boys who were to use them were also caught? And they claimed they were Nigerien? You want me to expose you guys the more??? Simpleton like you…

    • Abubakar Abubakar

      u re not a truthful person… u dnt even knw how to form lies….. moron lyk u….