The chairman, senate committee on army, Ali Ndume has disclosed that 847 Nigerian soldiers from 2013 till date has been killed by Boko Haram sect in Borno.
According to The Cable, the Senator said the deceased officers were buried in the military cemetery located in Maiduguri, Borno capital.
The lawmaker addressed reporters after his committee returned from a trip to Borno, stating that the figure did not include soldiers killed by the insurgents but buried in other military cemeteries.
He said during the visit, the committee members discovered that soldiers were under-equipped to confront the insurgents.
Ndume also said the number of soldiers confronting insurgents were inadequate, calling on the government to recruit more troops.
He added that the senate panel was already investigating allegations that some non-governmental organisations were working with Boko Haram.
In September, the army blacklisted Mercy Corps and Action Against Hunger, some international NGOs, and shut their offices in the north-east.