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Army says Baga fish farming allegation baseless

The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole has described as unfounded and baseless allegations that troops deployed to Baga town engaged in farming and fishing activities in the shores of Lake Chad.

At a media briefing at headquarters of the Command Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri, Deputy Theatre Commander Major General Felix Omoigui said a board of enquiry was instituted by the Theatre Commander to investigate the weighty allegation made by the Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum.

According to Major General Omoigui, the Board of inquiry under his leadership was made up of the representative of Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps visited Army Super Camp 18 in Baga town for a fact finding mission.

According to the Deputy Theatre Commander, the investigative team found out that the allegation emanated from personnel of some security agencies without due investigation.

Major General Felix Omoigui observed the truck with scrap metal may have been mistaken for trucks loaded with fish, called for more inter agency collaboration to address a recurrence.

“It was also found out that the entire area of Baga is too heavily mined with improvised explosive devices that would have allowed for farming activities.There were no civilians living in Baga town. Some of the trucks seen in the town were observed to be loaded with scrap metal”.

He called on highly placed individuals to refrain from making unsubstantiated remarks as it could lead to demoralizing the troops and undermine the operations.

The Deputy Theatre Commander also called on Borno state Governor to always clarify with the military high command on issues concerning troops activity before going public.

Dauda Iliya

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