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Defence Minister, Service Chiefs Visit Borno Amidst Fresh Attacks

The service chiefs arrived at Maiduguri some few hours after Damboa, a town near Maiduguri came under attack, as terrorists believed to be of the ISWAP group, reportedly killed 2 police officers after burning down a police mobile camp.

The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has arrived at Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, northeast Nigeria, alongside the Chief of defence staff and all the service chiefs. 

The minister, a retired army major general, informed that his visit to the frontline, alongside all the military rednecks, was informed by “recent developments in northeast Nigeria.”

The minister who was received by the Theater Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa was later led to the Ops Room where he was to have a closed-door meeting. 

The top military officials arrived in Maiduguri a few hours after Damboa town came under a heavy attack. 

Damboa, a town 88km south of Maiduguri, was reportedly attacked at 7 p.m. WAT Thursday, Oct. 29, 2021, by terrorists believed to be members of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). 

Speaking shortly before going into a closed-door session, the minister said he was at the frontline at the instance of the President and Commander in Chief, Muhammadu Buhari. 

He said the “Commander in Chief appreciates the good work of the troops at the frontline.”

“We recognise your determination and the Commander in chief has provided all you need to execute the war in the Northeast and other trouble areas. We know you are fully committed to ending this war. We have seen it and we are proud of you. The minister however noted the challenge faced by the troops especially,” the few problems like the loss of our personnel. 

“We shall give all the necessary assistance to the bereaved loved ones; that is why we are here to listen to your problems and see how we can forge ahead,” he said. 

Earlier, the Theater Commander in his welcome address thanked the minister for the visit even as he noted that such calls afford them to share their problems and challenges with the top military leadership. 

Damboa Attack

Inside military sources had hinted that ISWAP terrorists had on Thursday stormed Damboa town, driving in about a dozen gun trucks. 

HumAngle gathered from credible sources in Damboa that two personnel of the mobile police force were killed after the terrorists invaded the mobile police camp and set the entire place on fire. 

“A civilian was also killed by a stray bullet,” the source said. 

At the end of the meeting with the officials at the Theater Command, the defence minister declined to give details of the four hours closed-door session, saying all matters discussed were of strategic concern. 

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist currently employed as the Editor for Lake Chad at HumAngle. For over a decade, he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to reporting on the Boko Haram conflict and the crisis in the Lake Chad region of northeastern Nigeria. He is a graduate of English Language and holds a Diploma in Mass Communications. Prior to his current role, he served as an assistant editor at both Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper.

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