Nigerian troops retake Chibok from Boko Haram

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

The Nigerian military has retaken the town of Chibok in Borno State from the Boko Haram insurgents.

Residents of the area as well as the spokesperson of the Army in Maiduguri confirmed the takeover to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday afternoon.

The insurgents took control of Chibok on Thursday night in what appeared a continuation of their onslaught to take over more communities in the troubled north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

One resident, Musa Chibok, told PREMIUM TIMES on Friday that he managed to leave the town as the insurgents took charge.

It is not clear whether any resident was killed by the insurgents.

Before the insurgents took over Chibok on Thursday, the Adamawa State governor, Bala Ngilari, said local vigilante and hunters, backed by the military, reclaimed Mubi, the second most important town in Adamawa, nearly two weeks after the town fell to the insurgents.

Chibok became the centre of international attention in April after Boko Haram fighters stormed the town and took away nearly 300 female students from a government secondary school.

Majority of the girls remain in captivity more than six months after. About 57 either escaped or were released.

A recent claim by the Nigerian government that a ceasefire had been agreed with Boko Haram and that the girls will be returned to their families, turned out false.

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  • Rastapopoulos

    The insurgents are no match for our military in direct combat. The problem is the number of military personnel on ground. They are too few. All the BH boys do is to go to communities where our military personnel are few and declare they have ‘captured’ the town/village. They know in a matter of days,they will be flushed out! It’s mere propaganda. There is an urgent need to flood those states with military men. The authorities might have their reasons for not doing so.
    We must stop sacrificing our boys. No matter how well trained, where they are lacking in numbers, the BH boys will keep overrunning them.

  • Aminu

    Thanks to local vigilante who inspired the Nigerian troops on how to be patriot first before u can engage and defeat an enemy.If what is reported is true,then Boko Haram will be wiped away very soon in as much as both locals and army decided to work together for the betterment of all

  • _Proudly Urhobo

    PTimes and their useless South South Reporters go fit swear say dem no know say Boko haram and Northern soldiers dey work together? Una don see where dog for dey ‘shop’ dog? abi Baboon dey ‘shop’ Baboon?

    …and you persistently call them ‘Nigerian Military’, they are not. Call them Northern military of Nigeria. Na only when time reach to insult Great
    Jona then una sense for logical reasoning, permutations and combinations go wake up. Boko haram bombings or not, the days of aliens governing my resources are over.NEVER again! Nonsense!
    …..

  • amazing2012

    After the damage ?