Military Appoints New Theatre Commander Removes Army General Leading Against Boko Haram

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The Nigerian Army has removed Attahiru Ibrahim as the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the counter-insurgency operation fighting Boko Haram in the North East. Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed the sack of the Ibrahim.

Nigeria is replacing the military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after half a year, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, following a string of insurgency attacks despite years of official claims the group has nearly been defeated.

Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Olatokunbo Adesanya, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said the suspected terrorists were hit while gathering in a building at Bogumeri. Gen. Rogers Nicholas has been named as his replacement. "I can confirm the appointment".

Nicholas is taking over from Major General Ibrahim Attahiru who is redeployed to Army headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans.

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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The statement reads: "In furtherance of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on November 24, neutralised a large gathering of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Bogumeri, Borno State".

"Meanwhile, troops of 202 Battalion, Sector 1, Operation Lafiya Dole, in the early hours of Monday, ambushed unsuspecting Boko Haram terrorists along Sabsawa axis".

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

It was reported that two suicide bombers attacked Biu in southern Borno on Saturday and killed 18 persons in the town's main market.

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