Military Appoints New Theatre Commander Removes Army General Leading Against Boko Haram


-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and replaced him with a new commander, Maj.

In recent weeks, there has been an upsurge in Boko Haram attacks that have cast further doubt on government and military claims that the jihadists are a spent force.

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.

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The Boko Haram insurgency, which began in 2009, has left at least 20,000 dead and made more than two million others homeless. About 12 soldiers who escorted the academics were reportedly killed.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.

About 45 persons were also killed and 47 critically injured in November after a suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a mosque in Yola, Adamawa State. Mr. Ibrahim had a closed door session with the defence chief.

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His replacement has been named as Nicholas Rogers, who until recently has been involved in the Nigerian military's attempt to pacify ethnic skirmishes in the central region. Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, and appointed a new Major General to head the military anti-insurgency operation in the North-East.

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

Nicholas was the Chief of Logistics at the Army Headquarters in Abuja before his appointment.

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