B'Haram war: Army removes commander

B'Haram war: Army removes commander

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday replaced the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Attahiru Ibrahim, and immediately announced Major General Rogers Nicholas as his replacement.

This was confirmed in a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brig General Sani Usman on Tuesday.

Usman said, "It is true that a new commander has been appointed for Operation Lafiya Dole".

In June, barely a month after Ibrahim took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. "I can confirm the appointment".

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

Our correspondent learnt that the army's high command was not pleased with the prosecution of the war against insurgency in the North-East, which had lately led to attacks on military bases, the most recent being in the Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State.

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Recall that Major General Lucky Irabor is now the Force Commander of the Multi-national Joint Taskforce fighting to clear Boko Haram, cross border bandits and other criminal elements in the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries.

Under Ibrahim's leadership, the operation failed to meet the 40-day deadline issued by Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, in July, for the capture of Abubakar Shekau, leader of Boko Haram.

"During the encounter, the troops neutralized 3 Boko Haram terrorists trying to cross between Tangos".

Ibrahim is expected to resume as Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) yesterday said it bombed Boko Haram targets in the Northeast, killing many insurgents through air strikes.

Just three days ago, a suicide bomber attacked Biu, a town in Borno State, killing at least 18 persons and injuring 52 others.

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