The aggrieved soldiers reportedly arrived at the airport at 6pm ahead of their posting to Marte local government area. But trouble started when they regrouped and refused to board the aircraft which ought to convey them there. The soldiers who are of the special forces said after spending over four years in Maiduguri, they ought to be sent back to their families and not to be posted to face death.
An officer who witnessed the incident said superior officers, including Bulami Biu, general officer commander (GOC) of 7 division, were asked to stay off the airport or risk being shot. “The second batch of pilgrims from Borno boarded their flight amid the commotion,” the source said. “The special forces are ready for trouble. They are really angry. The superiors were asked to stay off or be killed.”