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2 BIR Soldiers Die In Poor Arms Manipulation 

By Yerima Kini Nsom

Two soldiers of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, BIR, have died after poorly manipulating ammunitions.  The incident occurred on June 10 in a locality known as Bodo near Makary in the Logone and Chari Division of the Far North Region.

According to military sources, the incident stirred so much panic, especially as rumours went wild that the two soldiers, whose names we got as Abdul and Baima, were killed by the Nigeria terrorist group, Boko Haram. When The Post contacted the Communication Officer of the Ministry of Defence, Colonel Didier Badjeck, by phone, he said he did not have much to comment on because he was just coming in from Nigeria. He strongly refused allegations that the two soldiers died in a fresh Boko Haram attack.

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The Post learnt that before the explosion of the ammunitions that killed two soldiers and wounded 23 others, BIR elements were heading for Bama village. They were on rescue mission to the village where some armed group, suspected to be Boko Haram, had launched an attack on the villagers. They reportedly brutalised the people, seizing their money, mobile phones and other property.

In a related story, the French language daily, Mutations reported in its Friday, June 12, issue that some armed men, suspected to be Boko Haram elements, seized three trucks heavily loaded with goods destined for Kousseri in the Logone and Chari Division. The incident took place in the Ngassama locality, situated between the villages of Chaocide and Dabanga on the Mora-Kousseri High way on Thursday, June 11. The paper quoted eyewitnesses as saying that about 10 Boko Haram men attacked a convoy of four trucks, seized three of them and drove off into the Nigerian territory which is just a stone-throw. The incident has sparked fear in local inhabitants to the effect that the terrorists may be planning more sinister attacks.

Ever since the combined squad of Chadian and the Cameroon soldiers pushed the Boko Haram out of their Gambarou fief, there has been relative calm in the hitherto Boko Haram-infested border areas. Meanwhile, the new President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has pledged his commitment to eradicate Boko Haram at all cost. He made the pledge during the Summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission that took place in Abuja on June 10. The meeting brought together officials from Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon. The Minister Delegate at the Presidency of the Republic in charge of Defence, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, represented President Paul Biya at the Summit. It was during the meeting that President Buhari pledged that Nigeria will contribute FCFA 50 billion for the multinational task force for the fight against Boko Haram.

After he was sworn-in two weeks ago, President Buhari has demonstrated his determination to eradicate the Boko Haram terrorist group. No sooner was he sworn-in than he visited Chad and Niger to discuss anti-Boko Haram strategies. He equally attended the G7 Summit in Germany to drum up international support for the fight against Boko Haram.