A Brigadier General was charged of cowardly behavior for withdrawing his troops during fight with Boko Haram. He was also dismissed in service for loss of weapons to Boko Haram.
On Thursday, the Nigerian Military court convicted Brigadier General Enitan Ransome-Kuti for loss of weapons and negligent performance of military duty, the Premium Times reported. The general was blamed for the loss of Baga in Borno State to Boko Haram in January.
According to military sources who have spoken with the Premium Times, the Nigerian military was particularly angry at Ransome-Kuti because of losing the fight against the Boko Haram in spite of being armed with high caliber weapons and ammunition.
The court dismissed charges against him on cowardly behavior because it deemed that the general was only right to withdraw his troops. According to the court, his unit was faced with the ruthless force of the Boko Haram terrorists.
The fight against the Boko Haram is painted on a very complicated landscape. According to UN Humanitarian coordinator for Cameroon, Najat Rochdi, the militant group is kidnapping children aged 12-14 and putting them in the front line of war against government soldiers.
“The worst was the children… Obviously this created a horrible situation,” Rochdi told AFP back in June. She added that soldiers had been traumatized by having to fight with children in the battlefield.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Patrick, a 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped by Boko Haram, said that the militant group kept telling them that they wanted them to be generals who are in command and control of different groups of children fighters. “They said we were going to train and lead other children to war,” Patrick said. He had successfully escaped from the group in July. Patrick also shared that kidnapped female children are being deployed as suicide bombers.
Over the weekend, a nearly 100 American personnel were deployed in Cameroon to help fight Boko Haram. Part of the strategy is to deploy drones in order to gather intelligence on Boko Haram targets, Fox News reported. It will not be long before the personnel go after the children fighters of the militant group.
The name Boko Haram means “Western education is Forbidden.” The group had already pledged its allegiance to ISIS, Fox News reported.