Nigerian Army foils attack on Maiduguri, eliminate 9 terrorists

Nigerian Army foils attack on Maiduguri, eliminate 9 terrorists

The Nigerian Army says troops of Operation Hadin Kai have eliminated nine Boko Haram terrorists during an attempt to attack the outskirt of Maiduguri, the Borno capital, on Tuesday.

The Director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, May 12, in Abuja.

Yerima said the terrorists tried to advance from the Aldawari axis to attack soft targets in Jiddari Polo but were repelled by combined troops of the Army, Police, vigilantes, and hunters.

“Following a hot pursuit by troops, heavy casualty was inflicted on the terrorists; as nine of them were neutralised while many escaped with gunshot wounds.

“One Buffalo Gun Truck, three motorcycles; three Browning machine guns; a rocket-propelled gun; and four AK-47 rifles were recovered from the terrorists.

“Other items recovered include one Improvised Explosive Device, sixteen 12V batteries among other items,” he said.

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Yerima said that the Chief of Nigerian Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru commended the gallantry of the troops and urged them to keep up the tempo of the operation.

He urged members of the public to remain calm and assured them of their security during the festive period and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has alerted the public of the existence of a fake LinkedIn account, supposedly belonging to Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman, EFCC.

This was contained in a statement issued by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren on Tuesday, May 11, who said the account which is promoted by an unknown impostor is, unfortunately, attracting unsuspecting followers desirous of networking with the Executive Chairman of the EFCC.

The Commission stated that the “account is fake and also has no relationship with the EFCC Chairman.

“Consequently, members of the public are warned to be circumspect; and desist from further interaction with the impostor whose motives are sinister,” it said.

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