Written by Misbahu Bashir
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
The Defence Headquarters in Abuja yesterday said the failure to airlift Nigerian troops serving under the United Nations African Union Hybrid Missions in DaRfur, Sudan, on time was not its making.
The soldiers have threatened to go on rampage if they were not paid their allowances and airlifted back to Nigeria on or before July 3, 2012. The soldiers, whose duty tour expired on May 26 after the mandatory six months, are from battalions NIBATTS 30, 31, 32 and 33 deployed in November 26, 2011 and January 12, 2012.
The Director of Defence Information, Colonel Mohammed Yerima, said the Defence Headquarters has paid all the entitlements of soldiers and has no hands in their transportation.
“The UN is responsible for troops airlift exercises and was actually expected to transport Nigerian battalions due for rotation. The UN was to bring back to Nigeria NIBATT 31 and replaced it with NIBATT 34 which is currently here but after transporting over a hundred soldiers, they stopped.