Nigerian Army authorities on Wednesday announced that troops of the newly established 7 Division have killed a top commander of the dreaded islamist sect, Boko Haram, Abba Goroma who is considered to be a high vale target.
Briefing newsmen, the Director of Army public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, said the Division which is headquartered in Maiduguri, is pushing ahead with its major task of counter-terrorism.
In carrying out its operation, troops of the Division have conducted operations to pre-empt, dislocate and disrupt the insurgents’ camps across the north east.
Attahiru said, “Other areas where insurgents’ camps were attacked include Bubalin and Ngaram within Maiduguri Metropolis as well as Gulimba area of Gwoza.
“The division continues to dominate the area through aggressive mobile patrols of highways and major urban centres as part of confidence building measures to facilitate the quick return to normalcy.
“All these efforts are aimed at denying the terrorist the terrorists the freedom action. By and large military operation within the division area of responsibility has been largely successful”.
Meanwhile, disturbed by the renewed violence in Nasarawa, the Federal Government has ordered immediate deployment of troops to the state.
Army spokesperson said a Battalion Minus was being deployed to the state to guide against complete breakdown of law and order.
The troops, Attahiru said will help civil authority in order to prevent further escalation of the violence and its spread to other parts of the state.
“It is gratifying to note that the deployment of the Nigerian Army troops to the violence prone area has helped in curbing the spread of violence by the Ombatse and other ethnic militia groups in Nasarawa State.
“The Federal and Nassarawa Governments are exploiting other ways at ensuring the quick return to normalcy”, the DAPR said.