Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Nigeria Appoints New Chief To Head Boko Haram Fight

Army General leading Nigeria's war against Boko Haram removed Boko Haram: Rogers Nicholas replaces Attahiru as theatre commander
Marlene Weaver | 08 December, 2017, 02:04

Recall that Major General Lucky Irabor is now the Force Commander of the Multi-national Joint Taskforce fighting to clear Boko Haram, cross border bandits and other criminal elements in the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries.

Though a large number of Boko Haram hideouts were raided and many terrorists including kingpins reportedly killed by soldiers during the period, well over 50 soldiers including officers were killed between May and now.

The attacks include the kidnapping of members of an oil prospecting team in July, where about 37 persons were killed, and deadly assault on Magumeri, Biu and Madagali, sources added.

In June, barely a month after Ibrahim took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

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Series of attacks were also carried out in Adamawa State. No reason was given for the CDS' visit without other service chiefs.

His replacement has been named as Nicholas Rogers, who until recently has been involved in the Nigerian military's attempt to pacify ethnic skirmishes in the central region.

Military sources said the new Theatre Commander, who was the Chief of Logistics at Army Headquarters, in Abuja, until his redeployment, would be the fifth commander of the operation to end Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.

Earlier, he served as the Commander of the Special Security Task Force (STF) in Jos as well as Chief of Civil Military Affairs at Army headquarters.

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