The Boko Haram insurgent group has suffered yet another great loss of its members and equipment following the failed ambush attack on the convoy of Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole.
The Commander, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi came under attack on Tuesday while returning from Jakana where he visited troops’ location following his earlier meeting with the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum at Auno.
According to the Media Coordinator Army Operations, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the attack was clearly a misguided reprisal attack to avenge the recent neutralisation of the group’s top commanders by troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
This was contained in a press release made available to news men on Wednesday by Col. Iliyasu which containe updates of the attack.
The statement reads, ” In a clear display of misguided desperation to stage a reprisal following the recent neutralisation of several of their top commanders by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, on 6 January 2020, some marauding elements of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents laid and eventually sprung an ambush against the convoy of the Theater Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.
The Theatre Commander’s convoy came under the criminals ineffective and uncoordinated fire from Anti-Aircraft Guns, Machines Guns, Rocket Propelled Grenades and some of their foot soldiers about 2 Kilometers to Auno in Kaga LGA of Borno State while returning from Jakana where he visited troops’ location following his earlier meeting with the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum at Auno.
In a commendable demonstration of bold action in battle, the Theatre Commander led the gallant troops of his convoy to engage the criminal Boko Haram Insurgents with superior fire power, subduing them and thereafter assaulting the ambush site with his men thereby causing the criminal insurgents to flee the location in disarray.
Other senior military officers in the Theatre Commanders’ convoy at the time of the ambush include the Deputy Theatre Commander, Maj Gen MG Ali, Brig Gen EI Eze, Brig Gen SI Igbinomwanya and Lt AA Tejuoso.
In the aftermath of the encounter, several Boko Haram criminal insurgents were decimated” he said.
Items recovered from the criminal elements include 20 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 2 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, one camouflage trouser, one Nigeria Police Force fragmental jacket, 2 AK 47 Rifles and 3 AK 47 Rifle magazines were captured from the fleeing insurgents.
That the Theatre Commander and his convoy have since returned safely to the Headquarters of Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Maiduguri but Regrettably, 2 soldiers were wounded in action during the encounter and are currently receiving treatment at a military medical facility and are responding positively to treatment.
Aminu said, the Theatre Commander, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Turkur Yusufu Buratai congratulates the troops for their resilience and courage and urges them not to relent in their efforts until all the remnants of the Boko Haram and ISWAP criminal insurgents are completely annihilated and defeated.