The Nigerian military has debunked news making the rounds that a Nigerian army colonel along with officers under his command had sabotaged army efforts by burning Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), making way for safe passage of Boko Haram insurgents, Thisday reports.
Making the assertion, Brig-General Olajide Laleye said, the director of army public relations aid the reports were false. He said APC’s were special weapons and could not just be put on fire by any officer or personnel, adding that the colonel in question had apparently made a tactical withdrawal, explaining that to say the soldiers ran away is somewhat derogatory.
Laleye said“It is not true, it is not true in the sense that no APC was set on fire. No APC was set on fire, at all. There was nothing like that. So the report is not true. How can you say the military ran away (from battle) when such did not happen? There was nothing like setting on fire of the APC, because APC is a weapon on its own. Apart from the fact APC is used to convey troops to the theatre of operations, on its own it is a weapon. So no APC was set on fire”.
“Let us put it this way, to use the word ‘run away’ is unfair to the military. It can even be that the military in one of its operation made a tactical withdrawal. Yes it is tactical because withdrawal is a tactical maneuver that troops embark on to confirm to the higher commander’s directive or to confirm to the movement of the battle as it rages”, he added