NAF: Our fighter jets killed scores of Boko Haram

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 7, 2017

Major General Rogers Nicholas has been appointed the new theatre commander for "Operation Lafiya Dole", the northeast counter insurgency operation.

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

Boko Haram attacks appear to have increased since Mr. Ibrahim assumed duties with scores of suicide bombings, mostly by teenage girls, occurring between May and December.

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday removed the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.

Mr. Ibrahim, a major general, took over the command of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in the North-east in May 2017. About 12 soldiers who escorted the academics were reportedly killed.

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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.

About 45 persons were also killed and 47 critically injured in November after a suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a mosque in Yola, Adamawa State. Before that, he was Commander of the Special Security Task Force in Jos as well as Chief of Civil Military Affairs at Army headquarters.

Although the reason for the removal was not stated, it was learnt that the redeployment was connected with the most recent Boko Haram attacks in the Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, in which at least 18 persons were killed.

Brig. -Gen. Sani Kukasheka, the Director, Army Public Relations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

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