After a heated period d at the Maiduguri International Airport yesterday, some air of tranquility have finally been restored to the Airport.
Reports had gone round yesterday about some officers in the Nigerian Military turning against their bosses and threatening to shoot them. Travellers at the airport had been tensed up before calm was finally brought back.
In a Press Release by the Army’s Deputy Director of Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, he described the officers who threatened to shoot as unscrupulous and confirmed that there was no cause for alarm as the situation has been placed under strict surveillance and control.
Chukwu wrote; “The Theatre Command yesterday witnessed a riotous reaction from a few unscrupulous troops while conducting a redeployment of troops who are currently deployed at the Maiduguri Airport, following a directive to review troops’ deployment in Maiduguri metropolis in a bid to reinvigorate the security architecture of the city.
The redeployment became expedient after a recent assessment of the security situation by the Theatre Command. Regrettably however, a few of the troops who had misunderstood the development and erroneously assumed it was going to negatively affect their rotation from the theatre of operation became agitated and reacted by firing into the air.
Calm has however been restored, as the Theatre Commander, Major General Abba Dikko has promptly taken charge of the situation after addressing and admonishing the troops.
The Theatre Command undoubtedly considers this ugly incident quite regrettable and appropriate measures are being taken to forestall a recurrence.
Members of the general public are please enjoined to remain calm and go about their normal activities as the situation has been put under firm control.”