Report unveiled that Nigeria has brought in hundreds of mercenaries from Eastern Europe to strengthen its war against militant Islamic group, Boko Haram.
The Eastern European mercenaries have joined their South-African counterparts and Nigerian soldiers fighting the insurgents.
According to a report that rumours about the use of foreign mercenaries against the Islamist militant group gained substance this month when pictures surfaced on Twitter showing Armoured Personnel Carriers vehicles on a street in Maiduguri, Borno State.
In the picture, which appeared on Twitter on March 6, a white man in a khaki, a tee-shirt and body armour, was standing beside a heavy-calibre machine gun on top of one of the sand-coloured APCs as the column drove through the streets at dusk.
The newswire stated that its reporter with knowledge of Maiduguri was able to verify the location of the photo as the Bama Road near the University of Maiduguri.
Security and diplomatic sources said the number of the mercenaries was much higher than the hundred or so previously reported.
When contacted by newsmen the spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said “I don’t know anything about the claim”(the involvement of mercenaries in the fight against Boko Haram).
He added, “I just know Nigerian military and security forces are putting in all resources, training and experience acquired over the years to address security challenges.