Panic as soldiers riot in Maiduguri, threaten to shoot superiors

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There was panic at Maiduguri International Airport on Monday as soldiers threatened to shoot their superiors over their redeployment.

The situation led to pandemonium at the airport as workers and members of the public fled to safety.

However, Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command operation Lafiya Dole, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said in a statement that order was swiftly restored.

It reads: "The Theatre Command yesterday witnessed a riotous reaction from a few unscrupulous troops while conducting a redeployment of troops who are currently deployed at the Maiduguri Airport, following a directive to review troops’ deployment in Maiduguri metropolis in a bid to reinvigorate the security architecture of the city.

The redeployment became expedient after a recent assessment of the security situation by the Theatre Command.

Regrettably however, a few of the troops who had misunderstood the development and erroneously assumed it was going to negatively affect their rotation from the theatre of operation became agitated and reacted by firing into the air.

Calm has however been restored, as the Theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko has promptly taken charge of the situation after addressing and admonishing the troops.

The Theatre Command undoubtedly considers this ugly incident quite regrettable and appropriate measures are being taken to forestall a recurrence.

Members of the general public are please enjoined to remain calm and go about their normal activities as the situation has been put under firm control."

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