Army detains 44 soldiers in underground cell in Jos

At least 44 soldiers of the Nigerian army are currently being held and languishing in an underground cell in Jos, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

An army source told this newspaper that the soldiers were part of those stationed in Mubi, Adamawa State, when the town was over run and captured by Boko Haram insurgents last October.

According to reports, soldiers in the town failed to engage the attacking terrorists and fled their barracks leaving the town defenceless.

Our source told us that the 44 soldiers that include five staff Sergeants, two Sergeants, five Corporals, 18 Lance Corporals, and 14 Privates, were dislodged by the terrorists on October 28, 2014. They were then arrested and detained for 10 days before being moved to an underground detention cell in Jos where they have since been.
Their charges are not known yet and the army is yet to arraign them for any offence.

The affected soldiers are Staff Sergeants – Ali Bako, Daramola Segun, Zakariya jibrin, Abdulrazaq Ahmed, and Abdulhamid Musa; Sergeants – Damiel Sunday, Ajayi Danladi; Corporals – Elijah Bisuakefe, Bulus Andrew, Adamu Ladan, Ponmark jatau, and Kurmi Rumu; Lance Corporal – Chilaka Pius, Kuyoro Joseph, Lawal Asheik, Friday Jacob, Oyinah Ifubaraboye, Abubakar Haruna, Abbas Iliyasu, Clement Ebong, Odesanya Olatunji, Gilbert Paul, Abdullahi Kamal, Olayinka Aremu, Tumba Ignatius, Yakubu Kyari, Danjuma Kadiri, Emmanuel James, Musa Isah, and Isah Mohammed; Privates – Tijani Adamu, Ibrahim Aliyu, Suleiman Bali, Musa Abu, Peter Saiynan, Williams Ojeje, Mohammed Yakubu, Adebayo Damilola, Joseph Sampson, Adagunodo Oluwafemi, Amos bala, Familola Johnson, Jesse Nunaya, and Ekpong Orem.

The detention of the soldiers seems to be in line with moves by the military to curtail what it described as a wave of indiscipline and cowardice among soldiers as it attempts to rev up its campaign against Boko Haram insurgents who have captured large swath of towns and village in their attempt to form an Islamic caliphate.

In December, 54 soldiers were sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit mutiny and mutiny. The Army said the soldiers disobeyed a direct order from their superior officers to take part in an operation. The soldiers, however, said they only asked for support equipment before embarking on the operation.

Twelve other soldiers had been previously sentenced to death by firing squad for shooting at a car conveying their commanding officer, Maj-Gen. Ahmed Mohammed.

The soldiers revolted after some of their colleagues were ambushed and killed by Boko Haram extremists, an attack they blamed on their superior officer.

Also in December, 200 soldiers were sacked after an overnight trial. They had been held in detention for three months and denied communication to their families or legal representation.

However, many of the soldiers that have been court-martialled and sentenced said they lacked the necessary support equipment to confront an insurgent group that has increasingly showed that it is better armed than army.

The Spokesperson of the army, Olajide Olaleye, a Brigadier General did not return calls made to his mobile number neither has he replied text messages requesting for the army’s response.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Wondering why busy bodies of all shades are meddling in purely military matters. Is it for lack of what to do and they just seeking cheap relevance like Oby of the infamous bring back the girls gang?

    • tyson

      Empty vessels make the most noise–look at Buhari–no certificate–enlisted into the Army with an affidavit————yet the one who makes the most noise—talks like a parrot–but has not seven kate————————————-quota system general

      • Jika

        What ever.GMB all the way.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Don’t allow lai muhammed to hear this. It is a secret oo
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

      • Progress

        Another of the goblins. We are stockpiling fumigants, incense, holy water etc dont worry to free you very soon. If u gree then voluntary exile option is there.

    • Olatunde Arowolo

      Say amen that Your life should be run the way GEJ is running Nigeria.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        So so abusive. It is in your blood
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Progress

          Na prayer im dey pray for you na o? Say Amen or keep your f— ing mouth shut till after Feb 14.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            May all your prayers of woes return back to you speedily. Say Amen quickly Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Progress

            Just say ameeeeeeeen to his prayer that GOD SHOULD HANDLE YOUR LIFE THE WAY JONADAFT IS HANDLING NIGERIA. Otherwise IT IS WICKED OF U THEN TO ASK US TO LET HIM CONTINUE.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            If you like my prayer, just say a loud Amen
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Progress

      These are someone father, son or brother sicko! Underground cell for not wanting to die without honor when thieves like Oduah, Madueke, FFK, Okupe, Moro, etc are living large! GEJ will regret big time soon. His end will be worse than Samuel Doe with all these enemies!

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Don’t wish your worst enemy death, because that wish may be fulfilled in your miserable life Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Olatunde Arowolo

    Whether u like it or not…….GMB everywhere and feBUHARI14, 2015 is certain.