The Nigerian Army has stated that its troops of Operation Lafiya Dole are in total control of Damasak in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno.
Damasak was reportedly attacked by Boko Haram terrorists on Tuesday.
The Director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, April 15, in Abuja.
Yerima said the reports in a section of the media that the terrorists had overrun; and were in control of Damasak town were blatant misinformation.
He said that there was an attack by the terrorists on the town as was reported, but the terrorists were effectively repelled by the troops.
“As we speak, troops are in total control of the general area and as can be seen in the attached video.
“The Commander of 5 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. S.S. Tilawan was driving around the town earlier this afternoon to assess the general situation, following the attack by the terrorists,” he said.
The director said that the terrorists sneaked in from the northern flank in active collaboration with some local informants.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to assure residents of Damasak and adjoining communities to remain calm as mop operation by the troops are ongoing to flush out the remnant of the terrorists who attacked a section of the town,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has replied to the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed after she denied that the Federal Government printed N60 billion in March to support allocation to states.
Obaseki launched his riposte via a series of tweets on Thursday, April 15.
According to the governor, it is statutory to offer useful advice for the benefit of the nation; and also called on the Federal Government to end ‘monetary rascality.’
He said, “While we do not want to join issues with the Federal Ministry of Finance; we believe it is our duty to offer useful advice for the benefit of our country.
“The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, should rally Nigerians to stem the obvious fiscal slide facing our country.
“Rather than play the Ostrich, we urge the government to take urgent steps to end the current monetary rascality; so as to prevent the prevailing economic challenge from degenerating further.
“We believe it is imperative to approach the Nigerian project with all sense of responsibility and commitment; and not play to the gallery because ultimately, time shall be the judge of us all.”