Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army replaces commander of Operation Lafiya Dole

Nigerian police in Borno state pose prior to a patrol in former Boko Haram headquarters in Maiduguri Boko Haram: Nigerian Army replaces commander of Operation Lafiya Dole
Melissa Porter | 08 December, 2017, 02:04

The Military High Command in Abuja has appointed a new theatre commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas, for "Operation Lafiya Dole", the joint military force fighting to rid the North East of Boko Haram terrorists.

No official reason was given for Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru's removal.

The shake-up underscores the fragility of the security situation in the Northeast, where the conflict with Boko Haram insurgents is in the ninth year, despite assertions by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration that it is on its last leg.

Ibrahim who took over from Maj. Gen. About 12 soldiers who escorted the academics were reportedly killed.

Borno State Governor Ibrahim Shettima said the government's long-term plan is to corral civilians in fortified garrison towns - effectively ceding the countryside to Boko Haram.

Series of attacks were also carried out in Adamawa State.

Another suicide bombing was witnessed on December 2 when two teenage suicide bombers attacked Biu market killing at least 18 persons and injuring 52 others.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Mr. Ibrahim had a closed door session with the defence chief.

Until his new appointment, Nicholas was the Chief of Logistics at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

Although the army has not officially announced the new deployments to Nigerians, the military radio in Borno has already made the announcements.