Following the two hour Sunday riot at Maiduguri Airport by troops redeployed to defend and enhance security at the metropolis, has been restored to calmness.
In a statement made in the early hours of today by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command said the protest by the few unscrupulous troops happened while the command was conducting a redeployment of soldiers at the Maiduguri Airport, following a directive to review troops’ deployment in Maiduguri metropolis, to reinvigorate the security architecture of the city.
However, he stated that the riot has been contained and calmness has been restored, “calm has however been restored, as the The theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko has promptly taken charged of the situation after addressing and admonishing the Troops”.
The Theatre General expressed his regret which he tagged as ugly and regrettable….
NAN reports that the aggrieved soldiers claimed they had overstayed and were resisting redeployment to Marte, one of the towns liberated by the military several years ago from the control of Boko Haram terrorists.
One of the protesting soldiers who spoke under condition of anonymity, said the planned deployment was against the directives by the Army Headquarters.