Troops kill 3 Boko Haram insurgents, recovers ammunition in Borno

Army General leading Nigeria's war against Boko Haram removed

Boko Haram: Rogers Nicholas replaces Attahiru as theatre commander

The shake-up underscores the fragility of the security situation in the Northeast, where the conflict with Boko Haram insurgents is in the ninth year, despite assertions by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration that it is on its last leg. Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim, and appointed a new Major General to head the military anti-insurgency operation in the North-East.

As the Nigerian Army intensifies its campaign against the Boko Haram, it has replaced the theatre commander, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru with Major General Rogers Nicholas.

Ibrahim who took over from Maj. Gen.

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.

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Though a large number of Boko Haram hideouts were raided and many terrorists including kingpins reportedly killed by soldiers during the period, well over 50 soldiers including officers were killed between May and now.

About two weeks ago, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, paid a sudden visit to the Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri. Gen. Sani Usman, noting that Maj.

Months after the army chief had ordered the capture of Shekau, the sect, using four female suicide bombers, attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, killing about 14 persons.

About 40 people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a mosque in Yola.

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