Nigeria Army replaces Commander Operation Lafiya Dole

Army General leading Nigeria's war against Boko Haram removed

Army General leading Nigeria's war against Boko Haram removed

A University don, Dr. Mai Jalo Hassan, observed that he has not seen the kind of relationship between the media and the theatre command of operation during General Attahiru's days as it played out during the era of General Lucky Irabor.

Since then, suicide bombings and attacks on military formations have been on the rise.

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troops had killed three Boko Haram insurgents in Sabsawa axis of Sambisa forest area of Operation.

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, that 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.

About 45 persons were also killed and 47 critically injured in November after a suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a mosque in Yola, Adamawa State.

Mr. Ibrahim has now been replaced by Rogers Nicholas, also a major general.

Until his appointment, gen. Nicholas was the chief of logistics at the army headquarters. Before that, he was Commander of the Special Security Task Force in Jos as well as Chief of Civil Military Affairs at Army headquarters.

He takes over from major general Ibrahim Attahiru, who has been redeployed to Abuja as deputy chief of policy and plans.

Brig. -Gen. Sani Kukasheka, the Director, Army Public Relations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

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