AFRICANGLOBE – The Nigerian Army, yesterday, declared that its fighting efficiency was back to what it was known for, which is the pride of the nation.
It said that it decided to put to test the return of its fighting efficiency in the battle of Konduga, Borno State, where its troops massacred scores of Boko Haram terrorists, captured its key leader and assorted war equipment to register their (troops) triumph in the encounters.
While the troops killed over 100 insurgents in Konduga last Friday, over 260 of the insurgents were reported to have been killed between Tuesday and Thursday, with a badly wounded high-ranking leader of the troublesome sect being held by the Army in Konduga.
Assorted arms and ammunition, Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, three Hilux mounted with machine and anti-aircraft guns, General Purpose Machine Guns, GPMGs, Rocket Propelled Guns, RPGs, were amongst items recovered from the defeated insurgents.
This is coming few days after the son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, an Army Engineer, Lt-Col. Adeboye Obasajo, who led a platoon to salvage Adamawa State, was shot on his legs by insurgents.
Excited by this victory, Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Brig-Gen. Olajide Laleye, said there was no going back in the fight to crush Boko Haram and keep all parts of the Nigerian territory intact.
Laleye told our Correspondent in Abuja, that the “Fighting efficiency of the Nigerian Army is back to what anybody used to know. Our troops are gallant, morale and fighting spirit is now very high. I feel like a million dollars. I am happy that you are happy. Of course, you can be sure that the Chief of Army Staff is smiling right now.”
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The Nigerian military appears to have finally recreated themselves and are dealing heavy blows on Boko Haram terrorists operating in the North East parts of Nigeria on a daily basis.
Competent military sources disclosed that that early Wednesday morning, the troops successfully crushed an apparent revenge mission by the terrorists who attempted another march on the Borno State town where over 100 of them were killed last week.
Konduga is about 50 kilometres to Maiduguri.
After a fierce battle lasting more than 12 hours in the outskirts of the town, scores of the terrorists were again sent to hell this morning.
“Right now, our troops are combing the vicinity of the battle scene in a cordon and search operation to determine the exact casualty figures suffered by the terrorists in the encounter,” a defence source declared.
During the encounter, three Hilux vehicles, one armoured personnel carrier and a cache of arms and ammunition were confirmed captured by the troops.
Meanwhile a post on Defence Headquarters blog this afternoon states that: “Troops this morning successfully crushed another attempt by terrorists who were on a revenge mission to Konduga, after 12 hours of fighting in the outskirts of the Borno State community. Troops are now combing the vicinity, in a cordon and search operation to determine the heavy casualties suffered by the terrorists in the encounter.
“Meanwhile, 3 Hilux vehicles, 1 Amoured Personnel Carried and a cache of arms and ammunition were confirmed captured by the troops.
By: Jacob Kubeka