The Nigerian military high command has denied an international media report of soldiers shooting at their commander, Maj-Gen Ahmed Mohammed Wednesday evening in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
According to a BBC report, Maj-Gen Ahmed Mohammed escaped unhurt after soldiers shot at his car at the Maimalari barracks.
The report, quoting unnamed sources, said the soldiers blamed him for the killing of their colleagues in an ambush on Tuesday by suspected Boko Haram militants.
However, in a swift reaction, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Spokesman, Maj General Chris Olukolade in a statement said: “The rumour making the rounds that Maiduguri is boiling as a result of insurrection by troops is unfounded. The fact of the matter is that troops on patrol around Chibok were ambushed by insurgents yesterday. Troops engaged the insurgents in a fierce combat and extricated themselves from the ambush killing several insurgents. Four soldiers however lost their lives during the ambush.
On evacuation of the remains of the fallen troops, the General Officer Commanding addressed the troops who registered their anger about the incident by firing into the air.
“The situation has since been brought under control as there is calm in the cantonment and all normal operational activities are ongoing.
“Meanwhile, the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army is to institute a military board of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the conduct of soldiers who fired some shots.”
However, the BBC reports that sources, who were inside the Maimalari barracks, the soldiers accused Maj-Gen Mohammed of putting their lives and the lives of their families at risk by failing to ensure that they were well-equipped to tackle Boko Haram.
They also alleged that the military top brass had failed to give them a promised special allowance for fighting on the front line, they told the BBC Hausa service.
Colleagues of the protesting soldiers were killed in an ambush while driving back on Tuesday from Chibok town, from where Boko Haram abducted the schoolgirls a month ago.