Soldiers allegedly shoot SARS operatives who confronted Boko Haram
On Monday, January 20, 2020, a team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives who repelled Boko Haram insurgents in a fierce battle, almost got killed as soldiers repeatedly opened fire on them.
According to The Cable, there was confusion in Mainok, a town along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road in Borno, as the insurgents invaded in large numbers. While the soldiers
In a video published by The Cable, the commander of SARS, Ibrahim Muhammad narrated how his men tackled the Boko Haram insurgents and the encounter with the soldiers
“When we got there, we saw them (Boko Haram fighters); their identity was not even in doubt. Some were even taking cover beside the wall. We were on them, we were charging in, charging out,” Muhammad said in the video. “Later, we noticed that they had escaped, the RRS briefed me that while they sighted them (the insurgents) moving in convoy on high speed at the southern part. We were then charging in finally, that was when I noticed that the people on my right hand side were soldiers… As we were coming, they were firing us and I said is it this people again?” Interrupting Muhammad, Abdul Kahlifa, the General Officer Commanding 7 division of the Army, promised that the matter will be investigated. While briefly inspecting the bullet holes on the armoured personnel carriers, Kahlifa stated, “No problem, we are going to sort it out. Are we not happy to see you people like this? Are you people not happy to see us like this? That is how it should be. Well done! Well done.”
According to a soldier who refused to disclose his identity because he wasn't authorised to speak on the matter, aggression was the main reason his colleagues opened fire on the policemen. Boko Haram terrorists dislodged troops in that area and abducted about 10 soldiers. When the other soldiers who were not on ground at the time of the attack came back, they had an order to just open fire. So, they started shooting with that aggression," The Cable quoted the soldier as saying. Following the incident, Mohammed Aliyu, the Commissioner of Police in Borno, and Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, have met over the issue.