The Nigerian Army has reportedly recalled a large number of its personnel studying in civil institutions (universities and polytechnics) across the country; as the battle against insurgency intensifies across the country.
This was revealed via a leaked memo by the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Department of Army Training, Abuja.
In the memo dated May 11, the Nigerian Army also suspended the sponsorship of personnel in civil institutions; with the exemption of students in the final year.
This is happening as the army continues to suffer heavy casualties in its counter-insurgency operations that have seen hundreds of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists also neutralised by gallant Nigerian troops.
It is however unclear whether the recalled personnel will be deployed; for administrative purposes or combat operations in the war front.
The memo reported by PUNCH was signed by Brigadier General I. A. Ajose on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, and titled, ‘Exemption of Ex Boys (NMS) from Personnel Affected by Directive on Suspension of NA Sponsorship to Civil Institutions.’
“References A-C conveyed directives for the recall of all NA personnel studying in civil institutions; as well as the suspension of NA sponsorships, with the exemption of final year students. Consequently, I am directed to respectfully inform you that the directive does not include Ex Boys (NMS). Grateful (sic) treat and acknowledge,” the memo stated.
Due to rising insurgency in the country, the Nigerian Army has in recent times suffered heavy casualties; by Boko Haram terrorists who seem to have better firepower
Military officers noted that insufficient and obsolete weapons were also responsible for the heavy casualties the country had suffered in the anti-insurgency war in recent times, noting that there were times the Shagari-era weapons failed during operations.
Controversy had ensued on March 12 after the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), alleged that $1bn funds meant to purchase arms to tackle insurgency during the ex-service chiefs’ tenure got missing.
The development was over a month after the President accepted the resignations of ex-service chiefs; and replaced them with new ones.