Boko Haram

House of Rep. member wants DHQ to ban soldiers from using phones in the North-East

Nigerian soldiers

Ade Adeogun, the Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence, has asked the Defence Headquarters to band soldiers fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East from using phone.

He criticized troops who record their activities in the north-east and publish the videos on social media.

Adeogun’s statement came as a reaction to a leaked video where some soldiers fighting Boko Haram were seen criticizing Army Chief Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

“When you are dealing with soldiers, first I think it is even indiscipline; it is unprofessional for soldiers to go to warfront with cameras because it is a huge distraction.  I have been involved in security before and it is a no-no for someone carrying a weapon to carry a phone. What happens when the phone rings?

“Then, you have to look at the fact that it actually compromises the position of the military because anybody can track a phone. Going forward, I think the military command have to ban the use of telephones by soldiers involved in military operations,” he said.

Speaking further, the lawmaker noted that the military has done more in the fight against insurgency lately.

“If this issue of state of welfare and abandonment was happening about a year ago, then I would say there was probably a problem; but I am aware that the military has improved their capability over the past three months.”

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