Nigerian Military Officers Court-Martialed for Giving Boko Haram Weapons

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Ten Nigerian generals and five other military officers were found guilty of providing arms and information to Boko Haram, the terrorist group which has taken responsibility for kidnapping nearly 300 schoolgirls and a number of deadly terrorist attacks.

The Nigerian newspaper Leadership broke the story today, writing that a source reported that "there are a lot of arrests that have been made over some officers who were sabotaging the ongoing counter-insurgency operations." Leadership's source continued: 

The suspects include about 10 generals and other ranks, not to talk of soldiers who have been found culpable of sabotaging our operations. They are facing trial before court-martials set up by their divisions; some have been found guilty, and some are still facing trial. Once the court martial rule, the recommendations are forwarded to the Army Headquarters or Defense Headquarters as the case may be.

Another source revealed to the paper that four others had been charged with disloyalty, adding, "they were found guilty of being disloyal and for working for the members of the sect," and that others are being investigated.

The Associated Press reported that politicians and soldiers had been telling them for months that some officers were helping Boko Haram. Last year, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan also said last year he suspected military officials of acting in favor of the group. This, they say, is part of why it's been so difficult — and dangerous — for the army to battle Boko Haram or to rescue the still-missing girls.

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