- A Boko Haram faction loyal to the Abubakar Shekau has suffered a heavy defeat as 72 members of the group were recently killed by troops
- The insurgents were defeated after they tried to attack the location of troops at Banki junction in Borno state
- Equipment belonging to the insurgents were also destroyed by troops
The Boko Haram faction loyal to the Abubakar Shekau has suffered a heavy defeat as 72 members of the group were recently killed by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
The coordinator of defence media operations, Major General John Enenche, in a statement on Wednesday, June 3, disclosed that the troops also killed high profile Boko Haram commanders, including Manzar Halid, Amir Abu Fatima and Nicap, among others.
He said the insurgents suffered the defeat following a failed attack on troops location at Banki junction, in Borno state
The defence spokesperson also disclosed that high ranking fighters were also severely wounded in the counter-attack by troops with slight chances of surviving.
Enenche said a large number of equipment belonging to the insurgents were destroyed by troops in collaboration with the Air Task Force.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's military authority has been urged to recruit additional 100,000 soldiers. The call was made by the House of Representatives.
According to the House, this will make up for the shortfall in manpower that has overstretched the military in its fight against insecurity in the country.
The call was part of a recommendation by the House Committee on Army.
the house urged the Army to recall retired officers and men and keep them on reserve for use when needed, Daily Trust reports.
This, however, should be based on the condition that they are physically fit and not above 50 years of age, chairman, House Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdaz who presented the report before the House said.
In another report, Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has lamented that the terrorist threat in the country is shifting towards the northcentral zone of the country.
This Day reported that he stated this at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 4 Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army barracks at Doma in Nasarawa state on Monday, June 1.
Legit.ng gathered that Buratai, who spoke through the chief of plan and policy, Lt Gen Lamidi Adeosun, however, said the constantly evolving nature of threats in the country underscores the need for Special Forces troops with requisite skills to operate under all weather, conditions, and terrains to be established if the threats are to be nibbled.
He noted that with the Special Forces’ commendable performance in the field, and having set up a training school for the Special Forces, it was only natural for the Nigerian Army to establish a formation headquarters to administer, guide and deploy Special Forces assets wherever the need may arise.
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