Boko Haram insurgents could have been gaining floor lately of their onslaughts towards the Nigerian Military, however the deaths of troopers in battle are normally laden with untold tales of the heroics of Nigerian troops.
As Newspoint Media has now discovered from a firsthand witness, when Boko Haram raided the Army’s base in Monguno, Borno State, within the final week of 2018, the soldier who was killed, misplaced his life in probably the most heroic of circumstances — and never till he had killed a minimum of 14 Boko Haram insurgents.
“We were on ground when Boko Haram surprised us with a strike,” a soldier who escaped the assault unharmed instructed SaharaReporters on Thursday.
“The first thing we did was to run for cover. We ran until we arrived a location fenced with transparent barbed wire. The place was locked.”
The soldier driving the automobile disembarked and fired on the padlock, paving the way in which for others to cost by way of the gate and run till they acquired to a parapet — “a straight, deep hole that you can take cover in” — the place the assailants had been hiding of their dozens.
“The Boko Haram insurgents were hiding inside,” stated the soldier.
“That was how the motive force got here down from his personal automobile, collected his rifle, jumped into the parapet and began taking pictures these guys inside [the insurgents].
“He killed more than 14 Boko Haram insurgents before he died — more than 14. He was killing them and advancing. But there was one insurgent that he shot and thought had died; it was that one who eventually managed to shoot him in the back as he was advancing, otherwise he would have killed many more. He killed many of them already, more than 14.”
Only one soldier — that driver — died in that assault, whereas one other was injured. But in an assault the identical week when insurgents overtook Baga, killing many troopers, with some 700 extra lacking, the story was solely completely different.
“Nobody stood to fight. People ran away — because Boko Haram came with enough weapons. Those guys were holding good weapons. All those things that the Army says about weapons are fake; they are lying. They don’t have what Boko Haram has,” the soldier added.
“You can’t examine your self holding a blunt knife and making an attempt to battle somebody with a pointy cutlass. Imagine, your knife is just not lengthy; and it’s not sharp. Now, your opponent has an extended and sharp cutlass. The individual will certainly defeat you.
“So, that is the problem we’re facing; we don’t have weapons. Look at Baga, Boko Haram collected it from the Army. The most painful thing is that the brigade there had a guard room where both soldiers and Boko Haram were locked. When Boko Haram chased everyone away, they opened the guard room. What do you think they would have done to the soldiers in that guardroom? Kill them, of course!”