…Anti-Aircraft Gun, Rocket Propelled Grenade fired at his convoy after meeting with Governor Zulum of Borno state
By Kingsley Omonobi
The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi narrowly escaped death with a host of his officers including the Deputy Theatre Commander, Maj General MG Ali when Boko Haram terrorists who laid an ambush for him at Auno, Borno state, fired several Anti-Aircraft ammunition and Rocket Propelled Grenades on his convoy.
During the fire-fight that ensured after the ambush attack, two soldiers were wounded in action while several Boko Haram terrorists were killed.
Confirming the attack in a statement, the Nigerian Army said the Theatre Commander, Major General Adeniyi personally led gallant troops of the Nigerian Army in the fight back and neutralization of the terrorists.
The statement titled, ‘More Criminal Boko Haram Insurgents Decimated at the site of a failed Ambush sprung against the Theatre Commanders’ convoy’ was signed by Col Aminu Iliyasu, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations.
It reads, “In a clear display of misguided desperation to stage a reprisal following the recent neutralization of several of their top commanders by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, on 6 January 2020, some marauding elements of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents laid and eventually sprung an ambush against the convoy of the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.
“The Theatre Commander’s convoy came under the criminals ineffective and uncoordinated fire from Anti-Aircraft Guns, Machines Guns, Rocket Propelled Grenades and some of their foot soldiers about 2 Kilometers to Auno in Kaga LGA of Borno State while returning from Jakana where he visited troops’ location following his earlier meeting with the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum at Auno.
“In a commendable demonstration of bold action in battle, the Theatre Commander led the gallant troops of his convoy to engage the criminal Boko Haram Insurgents with superior fire power, subduing them and thereafter assaulting the ambush site with his men thereby causing the criminal insurgents to flee the location in disarray.
“Other senior military officers in the Theatre Commanders’ convoy at the time of the ambush include the Deputy Theatre Commander, Maj Gen MG Ali, Brig Gen EI Eze, Brig Gen SI Igbinomwanya and Lt AA Tejuoso.
“In the aftermath of the encounter, several Boko Haram criminal insurgents were decimated.
“Additionally, 20 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 2 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, one camouflage trouser, one Nigeria Police Force fragmental jacket, 2 AK 47 Rifles and 3 AK 47 Rifle magazines were captured from the fleeing insurgents.
“Thereafter, the Theatre Commander Major General Olusegun Adeniyi and his convoy continued their trip and have since returned safely to the Headquarters Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri.
“Regrettably, 2 soldiers were wounded in action during the encounter.
“The Wounded soldiers are currently receiving treatment at a military medical facility and are responding positively to treatment.
“To this end, the Theatre Commander, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai congratulates the troops for their resilience and courage and urges them not to relent in their efforts until all the remnants of the Boko Haram and ISWAP criminal insurgents are completely annihilated and defeated.”