Senator Ali Ndume, Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, has revealed that no fewer than 847 soldiers were killed by insurgents in Borno.
The former Senate leader said the recent visit of his committee members to Borno State was revealing on the level of human casualty suffered by the Army in one gravesite where over 847 soldiers were buried, since 2013.
He said given the enormity of the responsibility on the Army, it was important for appropriate funding of the military operation in the Northeast to decimate the insurgents who have been reduced to gorilla tactics.
He claims there is an existence of mass graves where soldiers killed by Boko Haram insurgents had been buried.
According to him, the Army is detail about its personnel at combat keeping records of the dead, missing or injured.
He called on the government to recruit more men into the service to boost the fight as the insurgents don’t only attack civilians but the military as well.
Ndume said there have been credible evidence pointing to some NGO’s being used by the insurgent to gather intelligence.
“Another area that the Senate will look into is the allegation that the various NGOs in that area are conniving with the insurgents – providing them information, logistics and so many things.”