Army debunks reports of insurgents hoisting flags in villages

nigerian-army-2 nigerian-army-3The Nigerian Army has denied reports making the rounds that Boko Haram had, again, taken over some villages in the North East and that its members were already hoisting their flag to show their presence.

Col Sani Usman, the Army spokesperson debunked the report in a statement.

According to him, the remaining members of Boko Haram were on the run, having  lost the capacity to face the Nigerian soldiers that had ruined them in their numbers.

He said there was no presence of the terrorists in any of the villages let alone hoisting flags as alleged noting that troops have continued to maintain high level of vigilance.

He however confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists, scavenging for food, attacked Kwang village and Vigilantes from Dagu (which is about 4 kilometres from Kwang) but troops responded and repelled the terrorists attack.

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The statement said during the fire fight that ensued, one of the vigilantes sustained gunshot wound on his hand and was evacuated to General Hospital Uba while the terrorists fled with gun shot wounds.

Troops were eventually despatched to the area with clear orders to pursue and deal with the terrorists. They are still exploiting.

He further said that on same day, at about 4.35pm some suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Boftari which is about 15 kilometres from Chibok town.

“On receipt of the information, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE stationed in Forward Operation Base Chibok, were despatched to the area.

“The troops encountered Boko Haram terrorists ambush site shortly before Kuburmbula village. They quickly cleared the ambush and proceeded to Boftari.

“Unfortunately, the terrorists had set some houses on fire and fled. The troops put out the fire and are currently on the hunt for the terrorists.

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“It is imperative to state that contrary to rumours flying around vide some media reports, no life was lost” the statement said.


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