- Boko Haram members displayed desperation in attacking Adeniyi, the Nigerian Army said
- The army said the criminals' used anti-aircraft guns, machine guns, rocket propelled grenades to attack the commanders
- Consequently, they congratulated the troops for repelling the criminals
The Nigerian military has disclosed that the insurgents who attacked Major General Olusegun Adeniyi displayed misguided desperation.
This was disclosed by Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Nigerian Army operations media coordinator, Vanguard reports.
“In a clear display of misguided desperation to stage a reprisal following the recent neutralisation of several of their top commanders by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, on 6 January 2020, some marauding elements of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents laid and eventually sprung an ambush against the convoy of the Theater Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.
Going further, the Army said: "To this end, the Theatre Commander, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Turkur Yusufu Buratai congratulates the troops for their resilience and courage and urges them not to relent in their efforts until all the remnants of the Boko Haram and ISWAP criminal insurgents are completely annihilated and defeated.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Boko Haram insurgents on the night of Monday, January 6, ambushed the convoy of the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi.
Legit.ng gathered that General Adeniyi survived the attack which took place few kilometres away from Jakana around 7:20pm.
The newspaper reports that a military source said the theatre commander was on his way back to Maiduguri after a visit to troops who were recently deployed to Jakana.
The troops were deployed to Jakana in order to protect lives and property in the general area against Boko Haram attack.
“As we were coming back to Maiduguri after we left Jakana, suddenly we started hearing gunshots all over the place.
"They bombarded us with heavy fire from a different angle but our men with the Theatre commander successfully repelled the attack,” the source was quoted as saying.
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