Nigeria Appoints New Chief To Head Boko Haram Fight

Nigeria Appoints New Chief To Head Boko Haram Fight

Following to resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the North-east, Major General Attahiru Ibrahim has been removed from his position as the Theatre Commander of the Lafiya Dole operation.

He takes over from Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, who was appointed to the post just seven months ago and now has been reassigned to the army's policy and planning department.

The Nigerian Army has redeployed the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.

Attahiru's sacking comes as Boko Haram steps up attacks in the northeast of the country, the latest being a suicide bombing at a mosque in Adamawa State which killed some 50 worshippers.

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Recall that Major General Lucky Irabor is now the Force Commander of the Multi-national Joint Taskforce fighting to clear Boko Haram, cross border bandits and other criminal elements in the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries.

The military also suffered a major loss of some 15 soldiers including a commander in November when Boko Haram insurgents attacked troops' location in Sassawa village near the Yobe State capital, Damaturu.

He has been replaced with another general, Nicholas Rogers, who led a special military and police force to tackle ethnic clashes in the volatile central region.

Military sources disclosed that prior to his redeployment, the new Theatre Commander, the Chief of Logistics at Army Headquarters, in Abuja.

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