SOME of the 500 Nigerian soldiers alleged to have run away during the battle with the Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza, Borno State, have resurfaced in Mubi, Adamawa State.
Eyewitness in Mubi revealed that residents saw the returning soldiers in the wee hours of Tuesday, as most of them were in torn uniforms.
It was, however, revealed that they could not ascertain whether they were among the 500 soldiers that fled to Cameroon or not, though most of the troops that participated in Gwoza operation were drawn from the special unit battalion based in Mubi.
According to an eyewitness, “we saw some of them purchasing second hand clothes at the Mubi main market and were in tattered uniforms.
“Initially, we were afraid; as people panicked when we sighted the troops. They arrived in the wee hours and people began to scamper for safety, because no one knows their mission.”
The Defence Headquarters, however, confirmed that troops who returned from Cameroon were addressed by the General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Major General Zaruwa, as they embarked on another mission in the counter terrorism campaign.
Meanwhile, residents of Madagali town have said said Bokom Haram insurgents told them to defy the 24-hour curfew imposed on the area by the state government.