The Nigerian Army has declared a total of 12 officers and 89 soldiers wanted for deserting the war front in Borno State. Bank accounts of the affected officers and men have been frozen.
A report by Premium Times Sunday has it that soldiers absconded from duty after insurgents attacked their camps in Marte and Dikwa Local Government Areas of Borno State, leaving scores of their colleagues dead.
The report said that at least seven soldiers of the Nigerian Army were confirmed dead after Boko Haram terrorists attacked Marte, adding that the soldiers who were attached to the 15 Task Force Battalion, were ambushed and dislodged after hours of intense fighting.
It said that the troops were overwhelmed and could not withstand the superior firepower of the terrorists and that the unit then tactically retreated and relocated to Dikwa, which was attacked again.
The Nigerian Army recently announced the recovery of Marte and other communities.
The report stated that military insiders said the order to arrest and freeze bank accounts of the fleeing soldiers came from authorities of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno.