Troops of 3 Battalion on operation LAFIYA DOLE fought gallantly and repelled a Boko Haram terrorists attack at Ngamboru Ngala, Borno state.
News of the gallantry of the troops was disclosed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu.
According to General Chukwu, One Boko Haram terrorist was neutralized during the encounter.
Other members of the group, meanwhile, fled following a superior fire power from the troops.
Chukwu, however, reported that one officer, unfortunately, was injured during the attack.
Items recovered from the invaders include:
- One Rocket Propelled Gun 7 tube.
- One Anti Aircraft Gun.
- 2 AK 47 Rifles.
- 2 Empty Magazines.
He, thereafter, enjoined all to always cooperate with the troops by providing useful and timely information.
Meanwhile, it is on record that the federal government had announced on more than one occasion that the Boko Haram terrorists have been “incapacitated” and “decimated”.
The Nigerian Army has been engaged in the conduct of counter insurgency operation tagged Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East region for some years with relative successes.
However, the complex and adaptive nature of the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in the dissident group still sometimes being engaged in various means such as:
- attack on soft targets,
- Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks and,
- suicide bombings.
It, therefore, became expedient for the Nigerian Army to change operating tactics, techniques and procedure in the North East region.
Consequently, the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2018 will be commemorated with the conduct of an operation tagged Operation LAST HOLD in Northern Borno within the North East Theatre.
The design is to deploy personnel and equipment to showcase the combat efficiency of the NA and thereafter conduct operations to totally destroy Boko Haram locations in the Lake Chad Basin.
The Operation is expected to last for 4 months, May 1 to August 31, and will entail deployment of 6 additional manoeuvre brigades and other critical assets in Borno State.
The operation is intended to facilitate the clearance of the Lake Chad waterways of sea weeds and other obstacles obstructing the movement of boats and people across the water channels.
It will also ensure the destruction of Boko Haram Terrorist camps and strong points in the Lake Chad Basin.
The operation will also facilitate the rescue of hostages.
The operational end-state of Operation LAST HOLD is meant to be the total defeat of the Boko Haram Terrorist Sect.
The conduct of Operation LAST HOLD is expected to facilitate the restoration of fishing, farming and other economic activities in the Lake Chad Basin and the relocation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).