Insurgency – We Didn't Hire Mercenaries – Military

The military has said that it did not hire foreign mercenaries to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, said this yesterday while addressing State House journalists.

He was reacting to media reports that the Nigerian military hired mercenaries from South Africa and other nations since the renewed offensive against the terrorists started on February 14.

Minimah, who spoke after the meeting of the National Security Council, however, said that the Armed Forces hired technicians that would maintain the newly acquired military hardware.

The Chief of Army Staff also disclosed that what the Armed Forces had were advisers and instructors.

Minimah said: “There are no mercenary employed by anyone. What we have are advisers and instructors and they are all over the world.

“Whenever you have new equipment, the equipment come with contract, and the contract includes maintenance, and the technicians that come with them are those that we hire.”