Monday, 25 August 2014

Nigeria Army Denies Defection Rumour

Contrary to reports making the rounds that some Nigerian Soldiers have fled to neighbouring Cameroon in a defection act, the Defence Headquarters has released a statement debunking such.

The statement reads, ‘The Nigerian troops that were found in Cameroun were as a result of a sustained battle between the troops and the terrorists around the borders with Cameroun which saw the Nigerian troops charging through the borders in a tactical manoeuvre.'  

'Eventually they found themselves on Cameroonians soil.  Being allies the normal protocol of managing such incident demanded that the troops submit their weapons in order to assure the friendly country that they were not on a hostile mission’.

‘Following necessary discussions between Nigerian and Cameroonian military authorities, the issues have been sorted out.  Subsequently, the troops are on their way back to join their unit in Nigeria’.

‘The reference to the incidence as a defection is therefore not appropriate, considering the discussion between the two countries’ military leadership and the series of contacts with the soldiers who have confirmed that they are safe.’

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