Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty of providing arms and sensitive information to Boko Haram extremists, the Associated Press reports. The Nigerian military insists it’s all a “falsehood.”
But just last year, President Goodluck Jonathan said that he believed some members of the military and his own government belonged to Boko Haram. In January, he fired his entire military command and a few weeks later replaced the defense minister.
It is unclear if the 15 guilty officers are part of the new command or not.
Politicians and soldiers tell AP that some senior officers help the Islamic extremists and that some rank-and-file soldiers fight alongside the rebels and then return to army camps. They also say that information provided by army officers has helped Boko Haram ambush military convoys and attack army barracks and outposts.
Leadership newspaper quotes one officer as saying that four other officers, in addition to the 15, were found guilty of “being disloyal and for working for the members of the sect.”
Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade “wishes to state once again categorically that there is no truth whatsoever in the report.”
The guilty verdicts are being referred to defense headquarters in Abuja where the officers’ fates will be decided.