Nigeria Army removes Lafiya Dole commander over Boko Haram resurgence

Nigeria Army removes Lafiya Dole commander over Boko Haram resurgence

The Military High Command in Abuja has appointed a new theatre commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas, for "Operation Lafiya Dole", the joint military force fighting to rid the North East of Boko Haram terrorists. -Gen. Sani Usman, said troops engaged the insurgents at Miyanti Darel Jamel and Sabsawa axis of the state.

Nigeria is replacing the military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after half a year, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, following a string of insurgency attacks despite years of official claims the group has nearly been defeated.

Nicholas was the Chief of Logistics at the Army Headquarters in Abuja before his appointment.

Attahiru's removal comes in the wake of a series of "embarrassing" attacks, two military sources told Reuters.

The Nigerian Army has removed Maj.

Though there were reports of raids on Boko Haram hideouts and the arrest and killing of some terrorists, more than 50 soldiers, including officers, were killed between May and December.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.

"Meanwhile, troops of 202 Battalion, Sector I, Operation Lafiya Dole, in the early hours of Monday, ambushed unsuspecting Boko Haram terrorists along Sabsawa axis".

Months after the army chief had ordered the capture of Shekau, the sect, using four female suicide bombers, attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, killing about 14 persons.

A unit commander of the army and about 15 soldiers were killed in November when the insurgents attacked a military unit in Sassawa, Yobe State'.

The attacks, which occurred during Attahiru's command, include the kidnapping of members of an oil prospecting team which led to at least 37 people being killed in July, and deadly assaults on the towns of Magumeri, Biu and Madagali, the sources said.

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