Nigerian Troops Invade Four Boko Haram Strongholds in Sambisa Forest
The Nigerian troops with the support of the Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) have invaded four Boko Haram strongholds in North-East.
The accomplishment was revealed few hours after the announcement of new military service chiefs.
The Operation led by Brig. Gen Waidi Shaibu, Brigade commander of 21 special armor brigade, stormed and killed several Boko Haram fighters in Maiyanki, Darulsallam, Bula kurege and Izza.
A top military source told PRNigeria that the camps served as training grounds for the militants fighters and stationed standby forces in preparation for ambush attacks on nearby troops positions.
The source said that a number of the terrorist unit commanders and high value fighters were eliminated, while many more were seriously injured in the ground and aerial strike Operation in the Insurgents’ enclaves.
Dozens of equipment have been captured from the terrorists while food stuffs, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making materials and clothings were destroyed.
“We have cleared Maiyanki, Darulsallam, Bula kurege and have now taken over Izza, all former Bolo Haram strong points. Our troops have been repeatedly attacked in harbour areas, throughout the night, but all were repelled while inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.
“The situation is tough but we are winning. Sadly, a soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and 3 were injured , we brought them out. Our resolve and commitment is unshaken,” he said.
Some of the Boko Haram camps were destroyed when the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru was the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole in 2017.
During his brief tenure as Theatre Commander, Nigerian troops eliminated five top Boko Haram Commanders, over 70 fighters.
Meanwhile, through non-kinetic, coordinated media and information operations 72 Boko Haram members surrendered to the military.
UPDATE on New Army Chief, Gen Ibrahim Attahiru
Born on 10 August 1966 in Doka, Kaduna State, the new Army Chief, General Attahiru was graduate of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Armed Forces Command and Staff College and Nigerian Army School of Infantry,
He has held several appointments on the staff, instructional and in command in the course of his military career. He was UN Military Observer in Sierra Leone and Company Commander during ECOMOG Operations in Liberia.
He was also Commanding Officer 146 Battalion in the Bakassi Peninsula, Commander 13 Brigade Operation PULO SHIELD and General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army and Theatre Commander Operation LAFIA DOLE.
Other positions he held included Deputy Director Military Secretary, Director Army Public Relations, Director Staff Duties and Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.
Attahiru was equally the Chief of Defence Transformation and Innovation and Chief of Defence Logistics at the Defence Headquarters Abuja.
He was also an Instructor at the Depot Nigerian Army, Nigerian Defence Academy, the Nigerian Army School of Infantry and Chief Instructor at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji-Nigeria.
General Attahiru has been exposed to leadership and professional development programmes at globally renowned institutions. He was at the National Defence College Kenya for the National Defence Management and Security Studies Course and at the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Special Forces Academy Shijiazhuang-Hubei Province, China for the Basic and Advanced Special/Operations Commando Forces Courses.
He was also at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University USA; Graduate School of Media and Communication, Agha Khan University Kenya; Bournemouth University Disaster Management Center and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.
He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management and Policy Studies, the Nigerian Defence Academy; Masters of Science in Human Resources Management and Development, Salford University and Graduate Diploma in International Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya.