Troops of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, fighting insurgency in the North East zone, have been charged to deal a decisive blow to rattle and dislocate remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in the zone.
The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Victor Ezugwu gave the charge yesterday while addressing troops deployed at Sabon Gari in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.
He urged them to remain vigilant and alert while conducting their routine patrols and duties within the vicinity. The GOC stated that his visit was upon receiving report of Boko Haram terrorists attack on the troop’s location in Sabon Gari. Ezugwu commended the soldiers for their professionalism in the discharge of their duties, particularly for their gallantry in repelling several Boko Haram attacks on the location. He empathized with the few injured soldiers and assured them of adequate medical treatment.
A statement by Lt. Colonel Kingsley Samuel, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, stated that the GOC enjoined the troops to pray for the souls of departed colleagues and in turn take revenge by fighting to end insurgency scourge in the North East. General Ezugwu observed that Sabon Gari community has returned to becoming once again, a beehive of civil and commercial activities as a result of the peace that has returned to the area, following the flushing out of Boko Haram elements by the soldiers. He equally expressed delight that the people resident in the community were going about their lawful businesses.
He vowed to continue the onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists until they surrender to the Nigerian troops. In another development, the GOC visited troops at Modupe in Gwoza Local Government to motivate them. He urged them not to relent in the hunt for remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who have fled from Sambisa Forest to end the insurgency in the north in order to restore peace to the area and Nigeria generally. He was accompanied on the visit by the Commander, 25 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier-General Araba and some Principal Staff Officers of Headquarters, 7 Division, Nigerian Army.
Agency reports had reported that nine soldiers were killed and eleven injured in two separate attacks on troop’s locations within a period of three days. The wire agency added that the Army formations involved in the incidents lost several arms and ammunition, and called for urgent reinforcements of their armoury.
The first incident, involving troops deployed at the Forward Operating Base in Sabon Gari, Borno State, according to the agency, occurred at about 6.00 pm on Monday, when over 200 Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles suddenly descended on the base. They claimed that the terrorists had five gun trucks on which twin-barreled artillery guns were mounted. The Nigerian troops fought back, and after about an hour of battle, five soldiers were reportedly killed in action, while nine others were injured. Four other soldiers were said to still be missing at press time.