NAF: Our fighter jets killed scores of Boko Haram

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

Attahiru Ibrahim, a major general, has been removed from his position as the theatre commander of the Lafiya Dole operation.

The governor of Borno state, which is at the epicentre of the insurgency, has said the government's long-term plan now is to corral civilians inside fortified garrison towns - effectively ceding the countryside to Boko Haram.

The military radio in Borno made the announcements on Wednesday. But it appear the reverse has been the case.

The Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, apparently unimpressed with the way the operation was going, had in August issued a rare ultimatum of "40 days" for the theatre commander to arrest the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and put an end to the incessant Boko Haram attacks.

Instead Shekau's capture, the insurgents attacked the NNPC team exploring for oil at the Lake Chad Basin, killing nearly 50 persons and kidnapping three members of the team who were lecturers in the Geography Department of the University of Maiduguri.

Also, some police women were captured by Boko Haram fighters after an attack on a convoy they were travelling in.

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Nigeria is replacing the military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after half a year following a string of insurgency attacks despite years of official claims the group has nearly been defeated, military sources said on Wednesday.

Months after the army chief had ordered the capture of Shekau, the sect, using four female suicide bombers, attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, killing about 14 persons.

Though a large number of Boko Haram hideouts were raided and many terrorists including kingpins reportedly killed by soldiers during the period, well over 50 soldiers including officers were killed between May and now.

Series of attacks were also carried out in Adamawa state.

Rogers Nicholas, a Major-General, has been announced as Ibrahim's replacement.

The former theatre commander, who was deployed to Army Headquarters, is to now serve as deputy Chief of Policy and Planning. Please drop your comment!

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