- The military has defeated combined forces of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram
- With this, the security outfit was able to regain a military base from the criminals
- Meanwhile, the terrorists are claiming victory over their attack on the military
In what will gladden the heart of many Nigerians, the country's military troops have lived up to expectation by destroying some members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
The troop consequently regained a military base from the insurgents at the weekend.
The Nation reports that terrorists’ wielding machine-guns mounted on trucks, seized Marte, a town 93 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, and the military base there on Friday, January 15.
As a result of this, ground troops, backed by aerial support, ambushed the reinforcement team of the terrorists before dislodging them.
This was disclosed in a statement by coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.
He said the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole obliterated additional six gun trucks and eliminated scores of terrorists who were attempting to reinforce their colleagues in the attack.
However, the terrorists are claiming another version.
According to a statement on its Amaq news channel on Telegram, ISIL claimed that seven people were killed, and one captured.
The criminals also claimed that its fighters had seized weapons, ammunition and six four-wheel-drive vehicles and that it burnt down the army barracks.
There was no confirmation of these claims.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) on Sunday, January 17, commended the troops of the Nigerian Army and their leadership for the successful operation against terrorists in Marte local government area of Borno state.
The group in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Gabriel Onoja, and seen by Legit.ng said the insurgents suffered unbearable damage in the hands of the troops.
Calling on the troops not to relent and allow the insurgents regroup, Onoja said the recent attack on the terrorists by the army on Friday, January 15, is an assurance that the Nigerian state is forever superior.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a human rights lawyer had commended the Nigerian Army for the efforts put into the fight against insurgency.
Philip Agbese said the service chiefs through their leadership and doggedness have contributed to the global mandate to end terrorism.
He also said that the Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day should be used as an opportunity to reflect on sacrifices made by the military.
Also, celebrating the military, the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Udom Emmanuel urged Nigerians to desist from making attributions that could bring about division.
Emmanuel said common humanity would help create a nation where equal opportunity for all is paramount.
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