Officers of the Nigerian Army have been barred from uploading pictures and videos of their operations on social media while on duty.
The mandate which takes effect immediately was announced on Tuesday by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Mechanized Army, Major-General Adeniyi Oyebade, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai.
Oyebade disclosed this at the graduation ceremony of Men of Nigerian Battalion (NIBBAT) 46 held at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC), Jaji in Kaduna state.
In his words; “It is prohibited to upload any picture with your uniforms while in operation. Specifically, I want to warn you on the use of social media.While you are on operation, you may want to take photo shot of some good moment but you should be very careful while doing that.
Avoid any picture or video that has to do with your colleague or operation. You are barred not to upload such information.
It is prohibited to upload any picture with your uniforms while in operation, because it will become a pragmatic problem for the Nigerian Army.”
Meanwhile, Soldiers deployed to fight the war against Boko Haram terrorists have stated some reasons why they went on rampage in the Sambisa Forest.
The soldiers of the 21 Brigade of the army deployed to fight Boko Haram inside the dreaded Sambisa forest had in December, turned against their superior officers, protesting and shooting indiscriminately.
The soldiers say the breakdown of discipline among them which led to revolts against their superior officers was because they were protesting the poor treatment meted out on them by military authorities, PREMIUM TIMES reports.
In a video footage released on Wednesday, the soldiers lament that they were poorly fed, lacked water to bath, were overworked and without basic equipment and vehicles for transportation.
Also, one of the soldiers who was given the opportunity to speak by a superior officer said they have been deceived many times by the Army.
He said most times they were not told how long they would spend at a particular location, adding that majority of the vehicles in their possession were in bad shape. See the video below;