Boko Haram: Nigerian Army looking for money to pay soldiers

Members of the Nigeria Army prosecuting the war against Boko Haram insurgents are complaining about non-payment of operational allowances.

Investigations revealed that the troops were owed operational allowances for the months of August and September, 2016.

It was gathered that the Defense chiefs are engrossed in moves to raise funds from ‘any possible source’ to settle the outstanding allowances.

The Federal Government pays N45, 000 naira to every soldier involved in the ongoing operation against the insurgents in the North-East.

Of this figure, N15, 000 naira is used for feeding and N30, 000 naira is given to each soldier.

Our correspondent gathered that the delay was caused by the non-release of funds for the fourth quarter to the military.

When contacted, the Acting Director, Defense Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the delay was as a result of administrative bottlenecks.

According to General Rabe, “In compliance with the FG’s directive, monetary transactions are strictly on BVN.

“All their welfare, all their welfare needs have been taken care of. So, I believe nobody would do anything with anybody’s funds.

Aside from nonpayment of allowances, some soldiers are reportedly abandoning their posts in Bornu State. gathered that the soldiers are allegedly complaining that they have overstayed in the battle front.

It was gathered that while the Nigerian Air Force rotates their men every year, those in the army have not been so lucky.

Some of them have been in the North East since 2013.

When contacted, Acting Director of Army/Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman dismissed the reports that soldiers are deserting the warfront.

“We have started [rotating army personnel] with the unit in Badagry, 112 Special Forces and some other ones.

“It is a gradual process.

“Right now, there is a unit of the army at Jaji who are undergoing post-deployment training because of the post was traumatic stress.

“So, you have to prepare a unit to go into battle, it’s not an easy thing. There is an established procedure of going in and pulling out,” Usman said.