Monday, 11 August 2014

Boko Haram: Soldiers’ Children, Wives Protest Husbands’ Deployment To Gwoza

There is tension in the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, as angry wives of soldiers at the Giwa Barracks, blocked the entrance to the barracks, vowing not to allow their husbands to proceed to Bama as directed by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), General Mohammed Ibrahim.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that the enraged women got wind of the fact that their husbands had been directed to proceed to Bama, about 70km from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno
State.

It was gathered that the soldiers’ wives and their children came out in their numbers insisting that their husbands would not abandon them in the barracks to be killed by Boko Haram.

The women, it was gathered, rejected pleas by senior commanders, insisting to block the entrance to the barracks until the GOC reverse his directive.

A reliable military source who spoke with our reporter said that the commander of the barracks had already relocated to Bama and was waiting for his boys who should have joined him since morning for some clandestine operations.

“They blocked the road, all our weapons are now locked up inside and in case of emergency we do not have weapons to defend ourselves. The women are equally not armed but are very angry sitting down there with their children.
“They are not ignorant of what is going on. They live in the barracks with their husbands and are aware that there are over 40 of the insurgents locked up inside the dungeons of that barracks.

“Living them alone is clear suicide and there is no guarantee that they will not be attacked by the insurgents who are always bent on releasing their own regardless of where they are kept.
“You are aware of the fact that they tried releasing their people from the same Giwa barracks this year. It is by the grace of God that some of us are alive now.”

The source stated further that “some of us think the decision to move the soldiers is risky.
“This decision is due purely out of corruption because money is involved in their movement. If it is not corruption, why should they take such a decision when they know that the soldiers are protecting the city.”

Tribune Newspaper