The Nigerian Army under the aegis of Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East has repelled an ambush by Boko Haram elements who tried to infiltrate an Army location at 3 Battalion in Borno State’s Gamboru region, and succeeded in killing scores of the Boko Haram fighters.
The Defense Headquarters, Abuja, said on Wednesday that the terrorists from Boko Haram and the West African Province of Islamic State came with seven gun trucks to the military location on Monday but met with a strong resistance from the soldiers.
In a statement, Brig. Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, director of Defense Media Operations, said the troops captured three gun trucks, two anti-aircraft weapons, two AK-47 rifles and one rocket propelled grenade tube from the insurgents.
“Troops of 3 Battalion and Quick Response Force Army Super Camp 11 in Gamboru on a targeted patrol had yet another fierce encounter with some Boko Haram and ISWAP marauders in a convoy of seven gun trucks and many motorcycles approaching the battalion’s location at about 6 pm on Tuesday,” Onyeuko said,
He said “Consequently, the criminals were overpowered and pursued up to the Wurge area. No soldier lost his life, and no military equipment was seized during the encounter.”
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said there was no divide between the Nigerian and Chadian armed forces as being insinuated in some quarters on the basis of battles between the Chadian troops and the Boko Haram insurgents.
While entertaining questions from newsmen in Abuja, Enenche denied rivalry in the Lake Chad Basin between Nigeria and Chad, or any other region.
He said, “The Nigerian component of the Multi-National Joint Task Force together with other members from the Lake Chad Basin Commission has been involved in clearance operation around the Lake Chad Basin.
“This is the fallout of the recent offensive actions of the armed forces of Nigeria in the North-East Operation Lafiya Dole.
“There is no disagreement between the Nigerian and Chadian troops and joint operations are ongoing.
“The combined effort of troops of the land component, maritime component and air component has resulted in the neutralisation of scores of the Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP elements.”