Nigerian military authorities currently investigating the war against terrorism in the North East states have arrested several soldiers of the Nigerian army, the orderlies and aides to Commanders of Troops, for leaking information to Boko Haram.
It is believed that the accused have worked secretly as moles for the Islamic terrorist group, leaking information about the deployment of soldiers from Maimalari Barracks in April this year. This action led to Boko Haram ambushing and killing enough soldiers of the 101 Battalion, leading to a mutiny, where Major General Ahmed Mohammed, their commanding officer was nearly killed.
Further actions by the moles could be the recent shooting of the Nigerian Airforce Alpha Jet on September 12th, that took off from Yola airport and reported missing until Boko Haram themselves claimed responsibility for shooting it down and killing one of the pilots.
An anonymous source told Nigerian newspaper Vanguard that military Commanders were for a long time perplexed as to how their tactics, movements and deployments were becoming known to the insurgents.
“The situation became so bad that there was mutual suspicion among fellow commanders, the Brigade headquarters and even the Division headquarters. But at last, the moles were found out to be some of the orderlies and aides of Commanders. What they do is that after operational briefings and troops take off, these moles immediately pass on the information through calls.
“Who will suspect that an orderly or the ADC of a Commander will be the one giving out information? He does everything for the Commander and he is with him all the time. He is the last person that would be suspected. But thank God, they have been exposed; the truth is now known.”
Already a Board of Inquiry (BOI) has been set up to carry out further investigations into the activities of the traitors to try and find out if there were fellow fifth columnists still existing among the troops, after which a General Court Martial will be constituted to try the soldiers for Criminal Conspiracy among others.