The Nigerian Army has dismissed reports that Boko Haram insurgents captured on Baga, a fishing town in the northern part of Borno state on Wednesday, December 26, after a fierce battle with troops.
Major General Lamidi Adeosun, the army’s chief of training and operations during a press conference at the headquarters of the theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole on Friday, December 28, said the town was under the control of the military, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Adeosun said that the gallant troops successfully repelled the insurgents’ attack and secured Baga and its environs.
According to him, the insurgents had on Wednesday unleashed a coordinated attack on a military base in the town but the gallant troops repelled and pursued the insurgents.
“We have taken control of Baga. I am talking about the position of Baga as at yesterday when we stabilised the situation.
“Baga is not in the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents; I repeat Baga is not in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists, they contested and lost
The army’s statement comes amid reports that the Jihadists from the IS-supported Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) overran a naval base and a multinational joint task force (MNJTF) base in the fishing town of Baga after a fierce battle.
But the army spokesperson, General Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the troops on Wednesday, December 26, along with their Nigerian Navy counterparts put up a very determined fight to repel the attack throughout the night.
He said an official of the Nigerian Navy was killed during the battle with the insurgents.
Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said escalating attacks by non-state armed groups suspected to be Boko Haram are triggering new displacements in Northeast Nigeria, especially Borno.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OCHA said more than 2,000 newly displaced people had recently arrived in Teacher’s Village camp in Maiduguri, after fleeing attacks by non-state armed groups as well as clashes between armed groups and the military in Kukawa, Kauwa, Doro Baga, Kekeno and Bunduram near Lake Chad.
Legit.ng gathers that OCHA said the latest influx, which started in late November, has brought additional pressure on already stretched facilities in the camp.
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