By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA – The Nigerian Army disclosed Thursday that another terrorist attack on Sector 1 of its 27 Task Force Brigade located at Gaidam, Yobe State, Wednesday evening, was successfully repelled by the troops while reinforcement was deployed.
A statement confirming the attack, signed by Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman said, “The troops killed most of the attacking terrorists and destroyed their weapons and equipment.
“However and regretfully too, we lost 3 soldiers and some equipment during the encounter.
Usman said “The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai who was on operational visit to North East, personally visited the troop’s location, and assessed the damage done.
“He warned the officers of the unit that such ugly incident should not be allowed to happen again.
“The COAS also drove into the town and further assessed damage by the terrorists and gave further directives to the troops for the defence and improved security of the general area.
“He also met with some of the community leaders and Idris Aloma Polytechnic staff where he assured them of their safety and improved security.
“The situation in Geidam is now calm and people are going about their normal businesses” Usman added.
The Chief of Army Staff was received at Geidam by the General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Major General Hassan Umaru and Acting Commander 27 Task Force Brigade who led the reinforcement team last night.
The COAS was accompanied on the visit by the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Yusha’u Abubakar, the Chief of Training and Operations (Army), Major General Fatai Alli, as well as Acting Director of Military Intelligence, Acting Provost Marshall and Director of Campaign Planning and the Liaison Officer of the Multinational Joint Taskforce.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to assure the public that the isolated incident would not be allowed to repeat itself. We reaffirm our determination and commitment to root out the Boko Haram terrorists in all their enclaves before the end of this year” he further said.