“The Nigerian Army has not recovered any dead bodies aside the eight corpses we recovered.
“Don't let any General deceive you. We lost more than 150 soldiers in the attack, not 44 (as claimed by the Army authorities), I can testify this anywhere.”


A soldier who claims he survived the Matele military base attack in Northeastern Nigeria, Emmanuel Ada (Not real name) says only eight of ‘over 150’ slain soldiers’ corpses were recovered during a search the next day.


The search team was repelled by the terrorists who took over the army base after the initial attack, preventing further recoveries, he said.


The Nigerian Defense Headquarters had dismissed a news story on a New York based online news site, Sahara Reporters which reported that the bodies of the soldiers killed in the military base attack were still to be recovered.


Mr. Emmanuel however disagreed with the claims in a post on his Facebook timeline, saying “Up till now, soldiers’ dead bodies are still in that bush.


“The Nigerian Army has not recovered any dead bodies aside the eight corpses we recovered.

“Don't let any General deceive you. We lost more than150 soldiers in the attack, not 44 (as claimed by the Army authorities), I can testify this anywhere.”



“So-called air surveillance report claimed all was clear” 


Mr. Emmanuel who had made series of posts on his timeline about the situation of the 157 military battalion before the November 18 attack said air surveillance reports gave the rescue teams clearance into the base only to be attacked again.

He said, “The following morning of the attack after we fled to 119 battalion camp, the 7 Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Yahaya came and asked us to go for evacuation of soldiers’ dead bodies.

“We were given air support, so-called surveillance with which we communicated on the way to Metele for the recoveries.

“We asked the pilot to move ahead of us and report to us the situation of the camp.

“He went ahead and came back that everywhere is Charlie-Charlie, meaning everywhere was okay.

“From there, we proceeded to the Matele camp and carried only eight dead bodies on the road leading to the camp.

“Then from nowhere, we heard gun shots from the camp.

“Boko Haram were in our camp from where they were firing at us with AA (Anti Aircraft artilleries) and we had to turn back to 119 camp.”


“I counted 13 AA artillery trucks, 2 M-RAG, 3 Armored Personnel Carriers”

According to the soldier, the Boko Haram terrorists engaged them with at least 13 Anti-Aircraft Artillery vehicles, two M-RAG artillery tanks and three Armored Personnel Carriers, a higher firepower than the army base had.

He said, “When we noticed the type of weapon and the rate of volume of fire that was coming from their weapon we were demoralize by their fire power and heavy volume of fire.

“We ran into the bushes to save our lives before locating our colleagues to move to 119 battalion camp.”

Mr. Emmanuel recalled that the attack started at about 5pm after a soldier at the base’s observation post alerted the troops that the terrorists were sighted advancing towards the camp.

“We all took cover in our trenches and exchanged fire with the terrorists for about 15mins before they overpowered us,” he narrated.

Several media reports had carried that the troops were overpowered, with the commander of the base killed in the attack.