Soldiers are supposed to protect citizens, defend the country and uphold the rule of law. 

But when they are accused of misconduct and trampling on the rights of defenceless citizens, then there is cause for worry.

It is in line with this that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, has ordered a probe into alleged misconduct by security personnel in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Bama, Borno.

Brig Gen. Sani Usman, the Director Army Public Relations, said this in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

"The Nigerian Army has noted with great concern growing allegations of misconduct against some persons on security duties at an IDPs camp in Bama, Borno.

"We would like to state that Nigerian Army personnel have been doing their best in bringing peace and security in various parts of the country especially in the North East; any act of misconduct could negatively impact on these good works,’’ Usman said.

‘‘We would like to reiterate that the Nigerian Army has zero tolerance for any misconduct among its officers and soldiers especially those that are trusted with onerous responsibility of guarding and securing those Internally Displaced Persons’ Camps.

"Anyone found culpable would be severely dealt with,’’ he warned.