Residents and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dikwa, Borno State, showered soldiers with praises on Saturday for dislodging Boko Haram fighters from their settlement.
This followed the Nigerian military battle with Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters on Friday evening.
The troops restored order in Dikwa after foiling terrorists’ attempt to breach security and peace in the area.
The General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Maj Gen Abdul Khalifa visited the town to oversee the situation.
Khalifa, received by the joyous residents, told them he was excited many people were returning to their homes.
He noted that swift reinforcement ensured troops successfully dislodged the terrorists and took control.
Khalifa disclosed that investigations are underway to unravel the circumstances surrounding the ambush.
“I acknowledged that there was a security breach, but it has been sorted out and investigations are underway. Lots of soldiers and other military equipment have been brought to reinforce the general area. The Nigerian Army would continue to protect all civilians wherever they are. They should report suspicious people and movements to the troops”, said the GOC.
Meanwhile, reporters gathered that the town is now calm as some of the internally displaced persons and other locals who fled the area following the clash between the troops and Boko Haram terrorists have returned.
The people were seen jubilating and praising the troops for swiftly retaking the town in spite of the ambush attack by Boko Haram fighters.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, on Saturday hinted on Nigerian Army’s plans to launch the second phase of the ongoing counter-insurgency operation against the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
Major General Attahiru stated this while briefing newsmen during an operational visit to Theater Command Headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri.
Attahiru said his visit is to appraise the military operation in the Sambisa general area and boost the morale of troops prosecuting the war on terror.
The army chief has given assurance to Nigerians that more equipment would be deployed to all theater of operations across the country to put an end to the menace of insurgency and other forms of criminality.