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25 missing soldiers: Buratai, Operation Lafiya Dole Commanders meet to review tactics



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Following the recent report on Boko Haram attack in Bama, Borno State, in which 25 soldiers were said to be missing, a report which military authorities refuted;   the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, considered it imperative tp review the strategy of military operations in the North East in the fight against Boko Haram who engaged in guerilla warfare over the past years.

Thus, Buratai met with the Theatre Commander, Major General Nicholas Roger and other top commanders at the Control and Command Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Monday.

Boko Haram had attacked Bama in Borno and Jilli in Yobe at the weekend.

The meeting was revealed to have deliberated extensively in review of the military operations in the North East in the war with the guerilla fighters in the North.

They were said to have deliberated on new strategies to crush the remnants of Boko Haram in Borno North and the Lake Chad region as new militia Islamist group was identified to be springing up in the turbulent northern zones.

National Daily also gathered that Operation Last Hold set up to cleanse the terrorists in the North East and secure the return of Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) to their communities and vacate their refugee camps, is being consolidated.

Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, had in a statement on Monday remarked that “all troops” that came under attack in Jilli had been accounted for, contrary to reports that some soldiers were missing.

Chukwu had stated: “Contrary to the report, the Army wishes to state that, although the base was attacked by suspected Boko Haram insurgents, troops reorganised and successfully repelled the attack and normalcy has since returned to the area. Also, all the troops in the base were accounted for contrary to the report.”

The Army Public Relations Director maintained that the commitment to flush out Boko Haram from Nigerian territory continues to yield positive results.