Soldiers Should not Be Allowed to Use Phones in the Northeast- Rep. Adeogun

A trend has emerged of Nigerian Military personnel officers recording videos of themselves while fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast.

In his comments on the new trend, the Vice-Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Mr Ade Adeogun, has criticised troops who record their activities in the war against insurgents in the North-East and publish the videos on social media.

Adeogun made the criticism while featuring on TVC News on Saturday, while responding to questions about a video that went viral last week, in which some soldiers in the Operation Lafiya Dole in Yobe State, who were ambushed by terrorists, were seen cursing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai.

Ade Adeogun is against Nigerian Military Personnel using phones on the battlefield.

Responding to a question on getting feedback through the videos from troops at the battlefront, Adeogun said, “When you are dealing with soldiers, first I think it is even indiscipline; it is unprofessional for soldiers to go to warfront with cameras because it is a huge distraction. I have been involved in security before and it is a no-no for someone carrying a weapon to carry a phone. What happens when the phone rings?”

“Then, you have to look at the fact that it actually compromises the position of the military because anybody can track a phone. Going forward, I think the military command have to ban the use of telephones by soldiers involved in military.”

“If this issue of state of welfare and abandonment was happening about a year ago, then I would say there was probably a problem; but I am aware that the military has improved their capability over the past three months.”

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