Boko Haram: Army Redeploys Theatre Commander

SAN FRANCISCO, December 06, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Army has redeployed the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, and appointed a new Major General to head the military anti-insurgency operation in the North-East.

This was revealed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, noting that Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas has been named as his replacement.

Until his new appointment, Nicholas was the Chief of Logistics at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

It was gathered that the army’s high command was not pleased with Ibrahim who took over from Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, who is now the Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force in May 2017.

Among the perceived shortcomings of the outgoing commander was the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram in the North-East, which had lately led to attacks on military bases, the most recent being in the Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State.

Also, his inability to capture the Boko Haram terrorists’ leader, Abubakar Shekau, in spite of a 40-day ultimatum, issued in August 2017, to the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command to capture Shekau by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, which expired in September 2017.

It was learnt that Ibrahim has been redeployed to the army headquarters, Abuja.

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