Service chiefs hold crucial meeting in Maiduguri

Service chiefs hold crucial meeting in Maiduguri

- Nigeria’s top military brass held a closed-door meeting in Maiduguri, Borno state

- This meeting came up a day after Boko Haram raided Gudumbali, a border town around the Lake Chad

- Those in attendance include the chief of defence staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, army chief, Tukur Buratai and his air force counterpart, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar

Barely 48 hours after Boko Haram raided Gudumbali, a border town around the Lake Chad, the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai and his air force counterpart, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and other military chiefs, held a crucial meeting in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Daily Sun reports that a military source disclosed that the meeting was centered on the Boko Haram attack at Gudumbali, headquarters of Guzamala local government area of the state.

It was learnt that the insurgents came with high calibre weapons, firing into the town and attacked the military base, the sources disclosed.

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Army spokesman,Texas Chukwu, in a statement said the troops foiled the attack, adding that the troops “inflicted overwhelming casualty on the terrorists due to superior fire power while some of the terrorists fleto the fringes of Lake Chad.”

Chukwu said the insurgents came to Gudumbali to “extort and terroriwe law-abiding citizens as well as to attack the military base in the town.”

The army spokesman maintained that the terrorists were met a serious resistance by the gallant troops.

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“Efforts are on by the troops to get other fleeing members of the terrorists group,” he said even as he urged residents around the area to be more vigilant.

The last attack marked the return of Boko Haram to Gudumbali, a town some 209 kilometres north of Maiduguri, nearly three years after the military recaptured the town from the insurgents.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that barely twenty-four hours after Boko Haram insurgents attacked Gudumbali area, a town in the Guzamala local government area of Borno, the extremist group aunched a fresh attack on a military base in Baga, Kukawa LGA.

After the attack on Gudumbali, on Saturday, September 8 the terrorists proceeded to Baga on Sunday and staged another attack on the army formation.

Ahmad Salkida, an independent investigator familiar with the Lake Chad and Boko Haram crisis, who tweeted the incident said the number of casualties on both sides is yet to be ascertained.

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