Boko Haram war: Army removes commander

Major-General-I-Attahiru

Army General leading Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram removed

"Troops of 202 Battalion, Sector 1, Operation LAFIYA DOLE at the early hours of Monday Dec.4, sprang an ambush on unsuspecting Boko Haram terrorists along Sabsawa axis".

No official reason was given for Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru's removal.

The Nigerian Army has killed three Boko Haram insurgents in Sabsawa axis of Sambisa forest area of Operation. The former occupant of that position was Lucky Irabor who was redeployed to coordinate the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF. Since then, suicide bombings and attacks on military formations have been on the rise.

Some of the most recent cases were the ambush in Magumeri that caused the death of about 19 soldiers and kidnap of some oil explorers.

Borno State Governor Ibrahim Shettima said the government's long-term plan is to corral civilians in fortified garrison towns - effectively ceding the countryside to Boko Haram.

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His redeployment to an unspecified post follows a string of attacks by the insurgents, including the killing of at least 50 people in a mosque last month.

A recent attack was carried out in Biu, Borno State, where two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a market, killing about 18 people.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Mr. Ibrahim had a closed door session with the defence chief.

He has been replaced with another general, Nicholas Rogers, who led a special military and police force to tackle ethnic clashes in the volatile central region.

Nicholas was the Chief of Logistics at the Army Headquarters in Abuja before his appointment.

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