The Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Mohammed Ali Ndume on Sunday paid an unscheduled visit to soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole who were wounded in various Boko Haram attacks in Borno state and currently receiving treatment at Nigerian Army Medical Services and Hospital, Maimalari Cantonment, 7 Division in Maiduguri.
Ndume who represents Southern Borno senatorial District was received by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Div and Commander Sector 1, Major General AK Ibrahim and other officers and men of the Nigerian Army.
Ndume who sympathized with the victims, families and relatives assured them that the Federal Government would do everything possible to support the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the quest to restore peace in the land.
He also said, he had to come for a fact -finding mission following some reports in the media (Not this medium), alleging that ‘Wounded Soldiers by Boko Haram have been abandoned and neglected for medical treatment’.
Ndume however said he was really satisfied with the condition and medical services given to the wounded soldiers at the facility, and called on the media to stand for Nigerian security agencies in their role to safeguard lives and property, and not to publish falsehood which most atimes demoralized troops’ morale in the field.
“I am here to pay sympathy visit to you (Victims) of Boko Haram for your sacrifices and patriotism to our fatherland. Secondly, I came on a fact – finding mission to ascertain the condition and treatments for our wounded Soldiers, but I am surprised when I read in one of the national dailies yesterday that you (Victims) are not given proper medical treatment, fortunately I am very impressed to see that the concocted story was far from the truth compared to what I saw in this facility.
“Your sacrifices would never be in vein, and I want to assure you that we at the National Assembly would do everything possible to ensure that Government support you and your families, especially that President Mohammadu Buhari is very committed to welfare of troops in the theatre.
The GOC in his welcome remarks, thanked Ndume for finding time to pay visit to the injured soldiers, pointing out that such unscheduled visit would boost the morale of troops in the theatre. Conducting the senator and his entourage round the surgical and medical wards, the Acting Commander of the Hospital, Col Oje Omoroye said, since the establishment of the medical facility, it has been upgraded to a Hospital of over 100 bed capacity fully equiped, all injured victims have been receiving adequate treatment in collaboration with Medical Experts from the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), where necessary.
He explained that the facility do refer serious cases to UMTH and 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna if need be, adding that just yesterday (Saturday), about 40 injured officers and men who required long time treatment were evacuated from the facility to Kaduna.
In an interview with some of the injured soldiers but in high spirit, Corporal Kolo wale Omose, said he sustained injury on the 29th December, 2020 when armed insurgents attacked their location inTungushe village.
“I am now feeling better, and by God grace, i will be discharged in the next two weeks so I can go back to my Base”. Omoye said.
Sergent Saidu Dahiru said he sustained injury in his left shoulder on 23rd December 2020.
“I sustained injury in my shoulder as a result of motal bombs fired by the terrorists in Gajiram, the Local Government Headquarters of Nganzai in Borno State, but as you can see, I am getting better and hope to be discharged soon so I can return back to base”. Dahiru stated.