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Nigerian Army sacks Boko Haram war commander

Nigerian Army sacks Boko Haram war commander

Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed the sack of the Ibrahim.

As the Nigerian Army intensifies its campaign against the Boko Haram, it has replaced the theatre commander, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru with Major General Rogers Nicholas.

The shake-up underscores the fragility of the security situation in the Northeast, where the conflict with Boko Haram insurgents is in the ninth year, despite assertions by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration that it is on its last leg.

-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and replaced him with a new commander, Maj. Lucky Irabor, who is now the Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force in May 2017. Since then, suicide bombings and attacks on military formations have been on the rise.

The Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, apparently unimpressed with the way the operation was going, had in August issued a rare ultimatum of "40 days" for the theatre commander to arrest the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and put an end to the incessant Boko Haram attacks.

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The dead included soldiers and an oil exploration team.

In June, barely a month after Ibrahim took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

On November 21, another suicide bomber blew himself up killing at least 50 worshippers at a mosque in Mubi, a town in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria.

Military sources disclosed that prior to his redeployment, the new Theatre Commander, the Chief of Logistics at Army Headquarters, in Abuja.


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