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More than 10 senior Nigerian Army officers arrested over Baga Attack

More than 10 senior Nigerian Army officers, including a
Brigadier-General have been arrested and are telling the military
hierarchy what they know about the attack by the insurgent group,

According to the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris
Olukolade, the senior army officers are being investigated for allegedly
shirking their responsibilities during the attack by the militants.

Those arrested are Brigadier-General Enitan Ransome-Kuti, his Chief of Staff Lt. Colonel G.A Suru.

Others are the Commanding Officer of 134 and 174 battalions, Lt. Colonel Haruna and a certain Major aliyu.

The two Nigerian Army battalions are under the Multi-National Task Joint
Task Force in Baga, attacked by the insurgents.

Speaking on the arrest, General Olukolade said that the arrested
officers were being investigated because at the time of the attack on
the multinational headquarters in Baga, Brigadier-General Ransome-Kuti
and his men were fully in charge of the military formation.

He said it was disappointing that the attack on Baga was not repelled by
both battalions, despite having the necessary weapons to carry out the
necessary operations.

On January 3, 2015, suspected members of Boko Haram attacked the base of
the Multinational Task Force in Baga, Borno State, dislodging the
soldiers there.

Reports say the troops were warned to be on alert following intelligence
reports that terrorists would strike between January 22 and January 25.

Eyewitnesses said that the attack started around 5am when residents
started hearing gunshots as the insurgents tried to gain entrance into
the MNJTF premises.

Many civilians living in the barracks were said to have been killed
during the attack.