Don’t allow soldiers in North East use phones – Reps tell military

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Soldiers involved in military operations in the North East should not use mobile phones, a member of the House of Representatives has advised the military.

Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Mr Ade Adeogun, stated this in an appearance on TVC News on Saturday.

He said that the unguarded access to mobile phones by soldiers on operation was responsible for the series of embarrassing videos about the military finding their way to social media.

Adeogun spoke while reacting to a video that trended on social media last week in which some soldiers in the Operation Lafiya Dole in Yobe State, who were ambushed by terrorists, were seen cursing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai.

The Defence Headquarters later explained that some soldiers encountered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices and Boko Haram terrorists’ ambush, eight kilometres to Buni-Gari in the Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State on May 18.

According to the military, two soldiers were killed and three others injured by the explosions.

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Reacting to the video, Adeogun , “When you are dealing with soldiers, first I think it is even indiscipline; it is unprofessional for soldiers to go to warfront with cameras because it is a huge distraction. I have been involved in security before and it is a no – no for someone carrying a weapon to carry a phone. What happens when the phone rings?

“Then, you have to look at the fact that it actually compromises the position of the military because anybody can track a phone. Going forward, I think the military command have to ban the use of telephones by soldiers involved in military operations.”

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