The Nigerian Army has announced that it is deploying new strategies to counter the terrorist group, Boko Haram, in the North-East geopolitical zone of the country.
Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this on Sunday when he led a team of journalists on a visit to Magumeri, Gubio and Benisheik, headquarters of Magumeri, Gubio and Kaga Local Government Areas of Borno State.
Adeniyi had also addressed the troops at the 5 Brigade Battalion and interacted with members of Gubio community during the visit.
Adeniyi noted that contrary to media reports and social media posts, the army did not withdraw its troops from Magumeri, Gubio and Benisheik communities.
He explained that the military service has instead adopted a mobility operation strategy, which would see soldiers stationed in shifted trenches known as “Super Camp” in order to be closer and effectively patrol the communities to counter any form of attacks.
The commander decried what he described as “misleading’’ reports, insisting that the new approach will ensure an improvement of the lives and property by the troops in the communities.
Adeniyi said: “Nigerians need to understand that the army did not withdraw from Magumeri, Gubio and other locations in Borno and the northeast, as erroneously insinuated.
“The troops are now on mobility operation instead of staying in trenches in one location; the mobile troops would be moving to take the fight to the insurgents, protect roads and communities so that people can go about their normal life without fear.
“The new measure will enable the troops to dominate everywhere; deny the insurgents freedom of movement, enhance rapid response and render assistance to their colleagues when called upon in good time.
“It is true that the insurgents attacked Magumeri and Gubio; there were no loss of lives on troops and civilians, unfortunately, a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) was killed and six other persons sustained injuries, either from stray bullets or while trying to escape.
“The insurgents torched some targeted residential homes and public buildings in response to the owners’ allegiance to the government and the nation.
“Markets stores are stock with food items and other essential commodities but they were not looted or destroyed by the insurgents.”
Despite the initial attacks, Adeniyi gave an assurance to the journalists and the residents of the affected areas that the military is in full control of the three communities.
“Gubio and Maguemri are under full military control, the troops repelled the insurgents’ incursion in the communities and people resumed their normal lives. We will continue to protect and provide necessary security to the people,” Adeniyi said.