The new commanding officer, Major General Rogers Nicholas appointed to fight Boko Haram Islamic insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria has blamed the army’s inability to defeat to terrorists on the lack of support by civilians.
“Some people still help these Boko Haram insurgents with information about the locations of our troops fighting terrorism and insurgency in northeast. We’ve to put our hands together and made sure they are completely defeated, before peace could be restored in Borno State and the Northeast sub-region,’’ he said.
General Nicholas said his command will bring many thing on board to completely defeat Boko Haram. He said: “What I want to do is to carry everybody along, including the media, local governments and components of the theatre command to completely defeat Boko Haram.”
The change in command from the former commander, General Ibrahim Attahiru Buratai to General Nicholas was followed by the killing of six soldiers by Boko Haram islamists in ambushes the region, the civilian task force working with the troops reported.
Four soldiers were killed and 12 injured near Damboa, 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Maiduguri, on the way to Chibok where nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted, on Sunday 10th December, when their convoy was attacked by Boko Haram.
Two other soldiers were killed on the same route a day before, sourcestold AFP,
A military officer in Maiduguri said Sunday’s ambush happened when troops were on patrol between the villages of Nyeneri and Falawani.
“The terrorists came in huge numbers and attacked the convoy using IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and gun trucks,” he added.
A member of the civilian said “Two soldiers died on Saturday when the six vehicles they travelling in came under heavy attack from Boko Haram near Bulaburin (village),” adding that the jihadists made off with weapons from the attack.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos.
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