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Stop soldiers in North-East from using phones, Rep tells DHQ

Valentine Chinyem

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The Vice-Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Mr Ade Adeogun, has spoken against soldiers who record and publish videos of their activities and happenings in the North-East on social media.

The lawmaker spoke against such act by security operatives while featuring on TVC News.

When asked about a video that went viral last week on social media, in which some soldiers in the Operation Lafiya Dole in Yobe State, who were ambushed by terrorists, were seen cursing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai.

He said, “When you are dealing with soldiers, first I think it is even indiscipline; it is unprofessional for soldiers to go to warfront with cameras because it is a huge distraction. I have been involved in security before and it is a no-no for someone carrying a weapon to carry a phone. What happens when the phone rings?

“Then, you have to look at the fact that it actually compromises the position of the military because anybody can track a phone. Going forward, I think the military command have to ban the use of telephones by soldiers involved in military operations.”

Adeogun also said the military had done more in the fight against insurgents in the last three months, than they have done in one year.

“If this issue of state of welfare and abandonment was happening about a year ago, then I would say there was probably a problem; but I am aware that the military has improved their capability over the past three months.”

Meanwhile, in its reaction to the video by the soldier, the Defence Headquarters had confirmed that some soldiers encountered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices and Boko Haram terrorists’ ambush, eight kilometres to Buni-Gari in the Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State on May 18.

According to the military, two soldiers paid the supreme price while three others sustained injuries as a result of the explosion.