Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, June 06, 2014

Inside help for terrorists

It seems that corruption is not the only threat to Nigeria's military power.

Report: 10 generals guilty of arming Boko Haram
Ten generals and five other senior military officers were found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, a leading Nigerian newspaper reported Tuesday.

The news follows months of allegations from politicians and soldiers who have said that some senior officers were helping the Islamic extremists and that some rank-and-file soldiers even fight alongside the insurgents and then return to army camps.

They have said that information provided by army officers has helped insurgents in ambushing military convoys and in attacks on army barracks and outposts in their northeastern stronghold.

Leadership newspaper quoted one officer saying that four other officers, in addition to the 15, were found guilty of ‘‘being disloyal and for working for the members of the sect.’’…

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