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Nigerian Military Officials Suspected To Have Aided Boko Haram Airforce Base Attack



Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau (Photo Credit: SR)

Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau (Photo Credit: SR)

Following the series of attacks on the Nigerian Air Force Base and some Nigerian Army locations in Maiduguri this week, Military authorities are currently investigating the possibility of moles within its ranks.

A source tells Nigeria’s Thisday Newspaper that there was an expansive investigation by different structures and units of the military services to unravel the suspected collaboration involving some elements in the force.

Reacting on the possibility of moles, the Nigerian defense headquarters spokesman Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said: “This incident is unfortunate and regrettable. Nothing is being ruled out in the on going effort of the military to get to the root of the matter including any act of sabotage. Nothing will be spared.”

The attacks on the Nigerian Military in Maiduguri left three decommissioned military aircrafts as well as two Helicopters incapacitated leaving room for so much suspicion, as to how and why such a base could have been attacked without the assistance of an insider.

“I cannot rule out the incident being an insider job 100 per cent, but we are still looking at the situation. We have visited the area and seen and we have reassessed the situation” Air Vice Marshal Alex Badehsaid in an exclusive interview with THISDAY in Lagos.

“We have put appropriate measures on ground despite our losses. We are government and its resources are more than that of the bad men. So we have replaced what was damaged and we have resumed work.”

Flights to and from Maiduguri airport, which is near the air force base, had been disrupted but had now resumed operations.

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, had held an emergency security meeting after the attack on the Air Force Base in Maiduguri by suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Present at the meeting were the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Azubike Ihejirika and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Alex Badeh.

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