- Some innocent Nigerians have once again lost their lives as a result of insecurity
- This follows a reported attack by the Boko Haram terrorists on a military base in Borno
- According to the report, about 50 people are still missing after the attack
Premium Times is reporting that about 18 military personnel have lost their lives after Boko Haram attacked their base in Bono state.
The newspaper reports that at least one Nigerian Army officer and 17 soldiers died in the battle.
However, the army while confirming the attack in a statement shared on Facebook said only one officer and six soldiers were killed, adding that its operatives successfully repelled the attack.
Meanwhile, the news outlet quoting top military sources said the position of the army is not a true reflection of what transpired.
The news outlet went further to claim that about 43 other soldiers were seriously injured while 50 other personnel remained missing.
It added that the affected military base, the headquarters of 156 Task Force Battalion in Mainok, was virtually completely destroyed.
The terrorists were said to have also carted away arms and ammunition, burning everything in sight.
In another report, Governor Mai Mala Buni is seeking special military intervention to safeguard Geidam town as residents are fleeing their homes.
Insurgents in eight vehicles carrying weapons invaded Geidam, the headquarters of Geidam local government area of the northern state. The terrorists 'motorcade moved straight to the location of Kafela primary school as they started sporadic shooting'.
Buni assured that he would work closely to support the security agencies to find a new approach to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens.
This comes as the military eliminated about 21 Boko Haram terrorists in Geidam.
Army commander, 13 soldiers feared dead as Boko Haram insurgents allegedly take over military base in Borno
The terrorists destroyed three communications masts and looted some shops in the town. The situation was salvaged when troops, supported by the Air Component of Operation Lafia Dole, fought back.
This was disclosed by director of Army public relations, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima.
The gunmen who came from a river marched straight to a military lodge in the area and opened fire on soldiers, killing about two of them immediately.
However, the tragic development is yet to be confirmed by Major Charles Ekeocha, the spokesman for the 6 Division, Nigeria Army Port Harcourt, the state capital.