- Nigerian Army is not willing to leave any stone unturned in Borno state
- In light of this stance, Bashir Magashi, the minister of defence, paid a visit to Maiduguri on Sunday, April 18
- Magashi visited the Borno state capital in the company of the new service chiefs
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Following the activities of Boko Haram in Damasak, a town in Borno, the Nigerian defence minister, Bashir Magashi, alongside some service chiefs, has stormed Maiduguri, the state capital on Sunday, April 18.
Magashi and the military heads were received upon their arrival in Maiduguri by Major-General Faruk Yahaya, the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole.
A report by TVC News revealed that the minister's entourage was also received by other top military commanders at Maiduguri Air Task Force base.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army had denied viral claims on social media that Boko Haram insurgents have taken over the Damasak area of the state.
The force, on its Twitter page, noted that the report is nothing short of blatant misinformation aimed at misleading Nigerians.
In a brief video shared by the Nigerian Army, the commander of the 5 Brigade, Brigadier-General SS Tilawan, disclosed that the insurgents attempted a cowardly attack on the town which was repelled by troops.
"The reports in a section of the media that BokoHaram terrorists have overrun and in control of Damasak town is blatant misinformation. There was an attack by the terrorists sometime yesterday but they were effectively repelled by troops.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to assure residents of Damasak and adjoining communities to remain calm as mop operation by the troops are ongoing to flush out the remnant of the terrorists who attacked a section of the town.”
Before this, it was reported that Boko Haram insurgents staged a fresh attack in Damasak, the headquarters of the Mobbar local government area of Borno, killing at least 10 people.
The attack occurred on Tuesday night, April 13, citing the chairman of the local government, Mustapha Bako Kolo, as its source.