A disturbing video released on Thursday by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group, shows how the terrorists carried out an attack on a military formation, killing a large number of Nigerian soldiers.
Africa News 24 had quoted an AFP report, saying the Boko Haram splinter group killed at least 44 soldiers in attacks on three military bases in Borno State, northern Nigeria at the weekend.
The report stated that out of the 44 soldiers, no fewer than 43 were killed on Sunday in Metele, a remote village near the Nigerian border with Niger, according to a military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Giving an account of the incident, a military officer stated, “Our troops were completely routed and the terrorists captured the base after heavy fighting,” adding that the base commander and three officers were among the dead.
Reacting to the development, the Senate on Thursday ordered its committees on Army and Defence to investigate the killings as well as welfare and wellbeing of Nigerian troops fighting the insurgency.
The Senate also resolved to visit officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces at the battlefield, particularly in the Northeast.
The senators’ decision followed a motion moved by the Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South), at the instance of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, via Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rules.