The Nigerian Army in its reaction to the coordinated attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Gubio and Magumeri says that the incident was targeted at the Nigerian Army troops deployed in the areas.
The army in a statement issued by Col. Sagir Musa, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, alleged that the attack was repelled by troops.
The statement however contradicts eyewitness statements. Naija Buzz News had learnt that the insurgent carried out their attacks comfortably without any confrontation by troops as they were already withdrawn from the areas.
Read the Army statement below;
“The attention of the Nigerian Army in the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to reports on various media platforms indicating attack on Gubio and Magumeri communities in Borno State at about 17.35hrs (5.35pm) of Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
“To avoid further misinformation that could create unnecessary tension, the Theatre Command wishes to state that the attack was targeted at Nigerian Army troops deployed in the areas to enable the terrorists gain access to shops in the market in the towns to loot food items and other logistics.
“The attack was, however, repelled by the troops. Consequently, due to fierce exchange of fire, the terrorists were forced to withdraw in disarray from the town, resulting in damage on buildings and property along their route of withdrawal.
“There was no casualty on the security force (troops) and no loss or damage to our equipment as wrongly insinuated on social media.
“However, a vigilante sadly lost his life in a cross fire. Also, some civilians in the area reportedly sustained various degrees of injuries.
“Peace has so far been restored in the communities, with residents going about their lawful businesses.
“The Nigerian Army once again call on all well-meaning members of the public to collaborate with the military and other security agencies in the area of sharing of information and suspicious movement of criminals in their communities to proactively deal with criminal activities.”
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