The Sad Massacre Of Nigerian Soldiers In Metele


The Soldier who managed to escape the attack alongside others said at least 70 were killed in the attack.

Their location was invaded after Boko Haram allegedly issued a threat letter last Friday.

That it would soon take over four strategic military locations around the Lake Chad region.

The attack came at about 6 pm on Monday evening”, said the soldier.

When the soldier on top of the observation post alerted that a large number of Boko Haram fighters were advancing, we all got alarmed as we took cover and waited within the base in Metele.

The fight did not last for more than 45 minutes, but it was bloody because the Boko Haram fighters had more armament advantage than the soldiers.

When we realised the fight would be against us, we decided to retreat from the camp, but it was rather too late.

The camp was surrounded with barbed wire, and the enemy fire was coming from the direction of the entrance. We were like surrounded.

One of the drivers of the gun trucks decided to push through the barbed wire so that other vehicles could follow and escape, but the truck got stuck, that was how many of our soldiers in other vehicles and those on foot were massacred.

Those that managed to escape with injuries made it on foot through Cross-Kauwa to Monguno where they boarded commercial vehicles, some even sat in the booth of the Golf cars to get to Maiduguri.

The Boko Haram made away with about seven gun trucks of the Nigeria army.

The soldier, who claimed to have made it to Maiduguri on foot after escaping the heated battle, said an attempt to return to the battlefield to evacuate the bodies of the fallen heroes was thwarted.

The soldier, who pleaded strict anonymity in the report said the deployed team that went to evacuate the bodies of the soldiers could only pick about five corpses before they suffered yet another ambush attack from Boko Haram fighters, forcing them to abandon the mission and fled.

The Soldier said something very important here “we need the world to hear how we are being sent to slaughter as though our lives don’t matter”.

The Soldiers insisted that the redeployment would put them in danger following the fact that those deployed earlier suffered serious casualty due to inadequate arms and ammunition.

When we returned and lodged our complaint, we were asked to go back again to Metele, an area near Kangarwa forest, and we have been there for about three weeks now fighting a defensive battle.

We beg the Nigerian media to help us by echoing out our muffled voices.

The children of poor Nigerians have been turned into chicken meant for easy sacrifices by our commanders.

We are being killed on a daily basis as if our lives don’t matter.

Of course as soldiers we signed to lay down our lives in defence of this country, but certainly not in the manner we are being presented for slaughter without dignity.

A soldier should die fighting not being chased or overpowered.

Our morale has been dampened so badly – not only because we are not given our due allowances; but for the fact that we have been outgunned by the Boko Haram.

The situation has gone so bad that it has gotten to a stage that soldiers would be rushing to pack up their camps and flee upon hearing the news that Boko Haram fighters are advancing.

We have suddenly lost our spirit of launching attacks because of lack of resources to prosecute the battle.

Many of us are ready to do our best, but there has been no requisite support from those sending us out there.

This is so heartbreaking.

May their souls rest in eternal peace. HEROES.

We all flew because we didn't know where the bullets were coming from.

They killed some of us who went to evacuate the bodies of the killed soldiers."

We left our armour tanks and weapons .

They were all there, the village is still under their control.

This is pathetic.

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