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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has dragged 16 Nigerian officials to a United States District Court for the District of Columbia for their alleged direct or indirect complicity in the alleged extrajudicial killings of its members/Biafrans who had launched peaceful protests in the wake of arrest and detention of its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, on Monday, indicted the immediate past Theatre Commander of the Joint military force fighting in the northeast, code named, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, describing him as ‘incompetent’.
Boko Haram fighters battled Nigerian soldiers for about an hour on Wednesday as they tried to take over a military base, in the latest attack against troops in the restive northeast.
The new Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen Rogers Nicholas, has said there was still lot to be done to completely defeat Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, as people still provide information on locations of troops in the region.
The military has removed the Theatre Commander of the counter-insurgency operation, Operation Lafiya Dole, in the North East, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and replaced him with a new commander, Maj.-Gen. Nicholas Rogers.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, on Wednesday began an operational visit of troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
The Nigerian Army said it had killed a total of 40 Boko Haram insurgents, arrested 18 and rescued about 230 victims during combat in Sambisa forest in the last one month.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday told troops of the Nigerian military that they would be the biggest losers if Nigeria should disintegrate as being canvassed by some groups and individuals.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, and the three other Service Chiefs on Saturday, moved to Maiduguri to celebrate the nation’s 57th Independence Anniversary with troops in the frontline.
The Theatre Commander of “Operation Lafiya Dole’’, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has admonished troops to show discipline and professionalism in the counter-insurgency operations of the armed forces.
Nigerian troops have killed a large number of suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the main thrust of the military operations in the North-East is the decapitation of all the remaining terrorists’ factions.
The Nigerian Army has missed a self-set 40-day deadline to capture the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive.
The Defence authorities have denied the claim that the military is monitoring hate campaigners with the aim of arresting them, saying it does not have the powers to arrest Nigerians for such infraction.
The military has disclosed that it killed 82 Boko Haram insurgents and rescued 468 hostages in the last two months.
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