It is no longer news that a senior Nigerian Army officer, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, theatre commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has been removed and redeployed.
Faruk Yahaya, general officer commanding (GOC) of the army’s division 1 in Kaduna has been named as his replacement.
Adeniyi was one of the over 50 senior officers affected by a massive shake-up.
In a leaked video that has gone viral, he lamented that troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists lacked weapons and credible intelligence to execute their mission.
Adeniyi was seen standing together with his men on the battle field and lamenting how the terrorists shelled their positions with heavy artillery and mortar bombs during an ambush where they recorded heavy casualty.
He disclosed that they lost several soldiers during the mission due to wrong intelligence provided by military authorities.
Reacting shortly after his redeployment on Tuesday, Adeniyi disclosed that the viral video was leaked by his orderly and his friend.
In a message to some of his soldiers, he said that he had no regret over the leaked video because he served well and defended Nigeria’s territory with commitment.
It is not clear when the video was recorded, but sources said it was at the time in January when Adeniyi’s convoy was attacked and his driver killed in Jakana, Borno state, where the insurgents struck repeatedly.
Adeniyi has been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Senior Research Fellow by Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
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