Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
November 23, 2020
Above image of the Nigerian military courtesy of local news.
Boko Haram terrorists attack on Nigerian Army has claimed the lives of six gallant soldiers, injuring 26 and many others still missing.
According to military officials briefed on the matter, the incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday between Jagiran and Monguno, one of the hotspots of the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State.
A Toyota bullet-proof Land Cruiser SUV with desert camouflage color, belonging to the acting commander of the 3rd Armoured Division was equally carted away by the ravaging terrorists.
Military authorities attached to the terrorists ravaging zone fear that the vehicle could be repainted with disguise in order to gain entry into military bases.
A military source said Nigerian military troops in the different locations have been placed on red alert, urging them to scurry further escalation of crisis from the terrorists if they notice any. The Nigerian Police Force has also been notified to look out for the SUV across the country.
The police were urged to apply diplomacy should they spot an SUV approaching their location, either mounted with a gun or not.
Sagir Musa, Spokesperson to Nigerian Army, did not return calls and a text message sent to him Sunday evening.
Just last week, the Nigerian Army flagged off a manhunt for the fourth batch of wanted Boko Haram terrorists, during which they co-opted more Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members into the operation.
The Boko Haram war has negatively affected both human and economic development in Nigeria with millions of Nigerians displaced, thousands killed and trillions of Naira drowned in the war in the past decade.
This year alone, N1.78 trillion was earmarked for security, with N900 billion of that going to the ministry of defense and N75 billion for military operations.
The rate of attacks by the terrorists persists despite some successes recorded by Nigerian troops, yet, the Nigerian government claims to have defeated and won the war against the Boko Haram insurgency.