Troops in Nigeria’s military might be functioning as moles for Boko Haram, providing the enemy important information regarding the military’s methods and tactics. Media website, AllAfrica.com, reports that the nation’s military has caught these troops it thought were working as double agents for Boko Haram.
“It was gathered that the alleged moles among the soldiers leaked the information on the deployment of soldiers from Maimalari Barracks in April this year to the terrorists, which led to an ambush and killing of so many soldiers of the 101 Battalion”, the news site explained.
Military commanders are putting the piecestogether and revisiting most of the incidents by which Boko Haram prevailed since it might have had intelligence about about key operations. As an example, a Nigerian fighter plane was downed in early September and Boko Haram claimed it shot it down. Military officials suspect that a soy told Boko Haram in regards to the plane’s departure plans. A source, who preferred to talk on issue of anonymity, told AllAfrica.com that the first suspicion that there might be agents lurking in Nigeria’s military triggered lots of distress and mistrust among those in the higher ranks.
“The situation became so bad that there was mutual suspicion among fellow commanders, the brigade headquarters and even the division headquarters. But at last, the moles were found out to be some of the orderlies and aides of commanders”, the source said.
“What they do is that after operational briefings and troops take off, these moles immediately pass on the information through calls”, the source continued.
The suspected soldiers will be charged with criminal conspiracy and possibly other crimes. The Nigerian military is still conducting investigations to flush out more spies.