Gallant Military Info gathered that the 5 Nigerian soldiers killed were on their way to team up with their colleagues in order to beef up security at a military check point in Onitsha when the unfortunate incidence happened.
Five soldiers died on Monday after the MRAP conveying them to a military check point in Onitsha, Anambra State, developed a system failure and crashed according to report.
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A counter insurgency analyst on Twitter, @ZagazOlaMakama, revealed that the 5 soldiers who were from 302 Garrison of the Nigerian Army in Onitsha lost their lives while on their way to ihiala to team up with their colleagues at military check point, after receiving credible information about an impending attack by IPOB/ESN fighters.
See his tweets below;
In a series of tweets, he wrote;
“Breaking: Five soldiers from 302 GS of the Nigeria Army Onitsha lost their live due MRAP failure. Viewers descriptions advised.”
“The were going to ihiala to brief up with the soldiers at the military check point, as a result of a credible information received that IPOB/ ESN are planning to attack the soldiers Station at the check point before these incidents occurred.”
This is not the first time that Nigerian soldiers have been killed in an auto crash.
Sometime around July 2021, four Nigerian soldiers died while many were critically injured after their convoy had an accident in Jakana town, Borno state.
The soldiers were reportedly on their way to rescue travellers attacked by Boko Haram terrorists along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road when the unfortunate incident happened.
If these accidents are caused by a lack of proper training, then much of the training required to certify a soldier to drive a vehicle or operate sophisticated machines is ad hoc, and troops must be regularly reassessed on their driving ability or given opportunities to improve their skills through advanced courses.
Photo Credit: @ZagazOlaMakama/Twitter.