Boko Haram: Army removes, replaces Commander

Nigerian police in Borno state pose prior to a patrol in former Boko Haram headquarters in Maiduguri

The development was confirmed on Wednesday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman.

Rogers Nicholas, a Major-General, has been announced as Ibrahim's replacement.

"Troops of 202 Battalion, Sector 1, Operation LAFIYA DOLE at the early hours of Monday Dec.4, sprang an ambush on unsuspecting Boko Haram terrorists along Sabsawa axis. I can confirm the appointment".

Until his new appointment, Nicholas was the Chief of Logistics at Army headquarters in Abuja, while Ibrahim is believed to have been redeployed to the Army headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans.

Attahiru, who took over from Major general Leo Irabor, was at different times, Director of Administration, Defence Headquarters and General Officer Commanding, GOC, 82 Division, Enugu.

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It was reported in August 2017 that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, issued a 40-day ultimatum to the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command to capture Shekau, but that had not been done since the deadline expired in September.

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said its troops had killed three Boko Haram insurgents in Sabsawa axis of Sambisa forest area of Operation.

The statement reads: "In furtherance of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), on November 24, neutralised a large gathering of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in Bogumeri, Borno State".

The attacks, which occurred during Attahiru's command, include the kidnapping of members of an oil prospecting team which led to at least 37 people being killed in July, and deadly assaults on the towns of Magumeri, Biu and Madagali, the sources said.

Again, four female suicide bombers attacked the Muna Garage area of Borno State sometime in November, killing 14 persons and injuring many others.

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