Nigerian soldiers repel 10 Boko Haram attacks in 2 weeks – Theatre Commander

Boko Haram in one of its  videos
Boko Haram in one of its videos

Nigerian soldiers repelled at least 10 different attacks by Boko Haram in the past two weeks, a military commander has said.

The commander of the ‘Lafiya Dole’ counterinsurgency operation in north-east Nigeria, Lucky Irabor, said on Thursday that scores of insurgents were killed in the attacks while a few soldiers also lost their lives.

Mr. Irabor, a major general, however said troops under his command are prepared to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.

He called on Boko Haram members to give up their dying struggle and surrender to the Nigeria troops or face the bitter fate that befell their killed colleagues.

Speaking at a press conference in Maiduguri, Mr. Irabor said the troops in the past two weeks raided several camps of the Boko Haram around Borno and Yobe states during which a total of 801 captives were freed.

A total of 27 Boko Haram insurgents were also arrested by the troops during the raids, he said.

He said in the last two weeks, the Nigerian troops have been able to move “deeper into Sambisa Forest on many fronts, under its present Operation Rescue Finale.”

The operation rescue finale was launched last month as a continuation of an existing Operation Crackdown, which was aimed at rescuing all the Chibok girls and other hostages held in Sambisa forest.

The commander mentioned some of the attacks repelled by the soldiers.

He said troops came under heavy attack on November 30 after clearing a camp in Goneri Village of Yobe State.

He said a recent encounter with Boko Haram was on December 5 when the troops cleared Boko Haram terrorists delay positions before capturing Njimia.

“At Njimia, our troops were attacked by the terrorists with AA guns and small arms fire. The attack lasted for about 30 minutes but was successfully repelled with BHT (Boko Haram Terrorists) suffering heavy casualties in both men and equipment before retreating. However, one soldier and 2 CJTF were wounded. The soldier and one CJTF later died while being MEDEVAC to the hospital.

“Yesterday, at about 1600 hours, ISR identified Boko Haram Terrorists massing up to attack own troops at Njimia. Own artillery and air asset were used to engage the Boko Haram Terrorists which led to the destruction of 4 x vehicles, a fuel tanker likely laden with IEDs. The air force also strafed and killed many fleeing insurgents. All the incidents are as shown.

“On the second front, the troops advanced and cleared all BHT camps on their axis before harbouring at Amdaga on the first day. At Amdaga the Boko Haram Terrorists carried out a probing attack on our troops, which was swiftly dealt with before the BHT retreated. The following day, troops cleared and occupied DURE and have been operating in the general area to intercept fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists,” text of Mr. Irabor’s speech sent to PREMIUM TIMES showed.

The commander said the ongoing military operation has put the Boko Haram in total disarray, which he said would be leveraged on by the troops in the frontline.

“I can confirm to you that the BHTs are in total disarray due to our current military operations. Even the Maman Nur and Shekau factions clashed again recently which has further forced the BHT remnants at Kafa to disperse in confusion and desperation.

“Let me therefore, reiterate my earlier admonishment to the misguided BHT elements to give up their ignoble adventure. They are advised to surrender to the military or other security agencies without further delay. I wish to re-assure them that they would be humanely treated in line with international best practices and in accordance with the international humanitarian law.

“Failure to do so would be unpalatable for them. I wish to equally state that plans have been concluded to give those who surrender, a purpose-driven rehabilitation which will make them lead a responsible life with other citizens.”


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  • Tori Osa

    Plenty talk

  • Taiwo

    Repelled? I thought they’ve been technically defeated.

    • Burbank

      Did Bush defeated terrorists in 2003 when he declared Mission Accomplished?

  • musa

    Repel them to where? Inside Nigeria or repelled to a foreign or neighboring countries? This Nigeria don tire man.

    • Otile

      You see what I am talking about, you see.

    • Okey Agugua

      All na lie

    • Burbank

      Repel them to… Rest in peace.

  • FreeNigeria

    Talk, talk and more talk. Operation this and operation that. As long as there’s budget for Boko Haram, this fight will never end. Nigerians and corruption

  • Hamza

    Story story.

  • thusspokez

    Nigerian soldiers repelled at least 10 different attacks by Boko Haram in the past two weeks, a military commander has said.

    Mr. Irabor, a major general, seen not to have had training in public relations (PR). You don’t become a general in a modern army without being given training and attending attending workshops and seminars on PR and media management.

    The exact number of boko haram attacks should never be disclosed to the public. An average of 5 attacks per week is plenty and would contradict or belies claims by the Nigerian government and the army that boko haram is defeated and that the army is in its mop-up (boko haram) phase.

    • Otile

      Nothing short of lies to the people will satisfy you. Good a thing your people are not spared from what the rest of Nigerians are going through under this sheepish Islamic rule otherwise you would have talked treason. Mun gode Allah Igbo are not the only people suffering indignity under the hateful rulership of Mohamed Buhari.

      • Burbank

        And the governors River’s Nyesom Wike, Bayelsa’s Seriake Thompson, Delta’s Willie Obiano, A’Ibom Udom Emmanuel, Enugu’s Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Cross River’s Ifeanyi Okowa ALL banned biafrans!

        But bigots blame Buhari!

    • Burbank

      Don’t worry about it.
      The army is only using a mop, to mop Boko Haram.

  • marc umeh

    10 attacks in 2 weeks by a ragtag , demoralized and fleeing remnants of BHT. Also 800 BH prisoners freed.
    Haba, this people self !!!!

  • abodes_124

    I am confused. We defeated Boko Haram 1 year ago. End of story. Stop peddling this enemy propaganda. How can we be capturing places we had already captured . Eh?

    • Burbank

      Like some hailed biafrans when Philip Effiong said the “biafra hereby ceased to exist!”


    Signs of a “technical defeat” .

    • Burbank

      Sorry that your Boko Haram sponsor founder Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff is still the boss of the PDP.
      Has your Nnamdi Kanu won his biafra?

  • Olori Magege

    Applause applause applause for our gallant soldiers