The Nigerian Army on Thursday denies an online report that Boko Haram killed twenty (20) soldiers in a separate attack at Borno and Yobe States respectively.
The Service explained that three soldiers and not twenty as reported by Sahara Reporters paid the supreme price during the Boko Haram terrorists attack troops locations.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima who made this clarification in a statement, also regretted that two soldiers equally sustained injuries and are receiving treatment at a military medical facility.
The statement reads: “It is, however, most unfortunate and disheartening as our attention was drawn to an unsubstantiated report going round on social media by Sahara Reporters Titled: ‘Nigerian Army Keeps Mum As Boko Haram Terrorists Kill ’20 Soldiers’ In Borno’.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to state clearly that the story is false/fake and baseless aimed at discouraging the public and demoralising troops on the untiring efforts in the overall fight against insurgency. There was no attack where 20 soldiers were killed in the entire Theatre.
“For the records, recent events that occurred within the Theatre were professionally reported and documented by the Nigerian Army which includes the attack on troops providing security for road construction workers along Goniri – Kafa Main Supply Routes (MSR) on 5 February 2021 and the recent attack on Geidam on 9 February 2021 which were all decisively dealt with and repelled”.
Brigadier General Yerima said the attack on the troops along with the road construction site and the attempt to infiltrate Geidam town by the terrorists were swiftly and professionally cleared by the dogged Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) and elements of 159 Task Force Battalion.
“Regrettably three gallant soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice while two others sustained injuries and are receiving treatment at our medical facility.
“The BHTs and ISWAP are on the run and desperate for foods, drugs and logistics from soft targets for survival as their camps, routes and enclaves have been destroyed, blocked and manned by troops of Operation
“TURA TAKAIBANGO,” he said.
He added that members of BHTs/ ISWAP
criminals mounted on eight Gun Trucks, motorbikes and foot soldiers and attacked own troops of 3 Battalion deployed in Rann, Kala Balge Local Government of Borno State.
The troops he said held their ground and instantly destroyed one BHTs gun truck.
“With swift Air support
during the attack, the terrorists lost the initiative and had to scamper for safety due to heavy aerial bombardments while additional 4 BHTs gun trucks were completely destroyed as several of their members were killed while others fled with fatal gunshot wounds,” he further said.
He concluded that the situation within the Rann general area is under control by own troops and members of the community are going about their normal activities.