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Nigerian army reacts to soldiers’ protest in Maiduguri airport

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The Nigerian army has reacted to the protest staged by some of its men at the Maiduguri international airport in Borno state on Sunday evening.
TheCable had reported on Sunday some soldiers threatened to shoot their superiors over a redeployment exercise.
The aggrieved soldiers were said to have kicked against their deployment to Borno state having served there for over three years in the war front, wondering why they were not sent back to their families.
In a statement on Monday, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said the exercise was based on a directive to review troops’ deployment and “reinvigorate the security architecture of the city”.
The statement said: “The redeployment became expedient after a recent assessment of the security situation by the theatre command.
“Regrettably however, a few of the troops who had misunderstood the development and erroneously assumed it was going to negatively affect their rotation from the theatre of operation became agitated and reacted by firing into the air.
“Calm has however been restored, as the theatre commander, Major General Abba Dikko has promptly taken charge of the situation after addressing and admonishing the troops.
“The theatre command undoubtedly considers this ugly incident quite regrettable and appropriate measures are being taken to forestall a recurrence.
“Members of the general public are please enjoined to remain calm and go about their normal activities as the situation has been put under firm control.”

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