The Nigerian Army has said that its troops have neutralised several Boko Haram commanders and many of their foot soldiers in the ongoing operation against the insurgents in the North-east parts of the country.
The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, on Thursday said in a statement that the operation was conducted jointly with the Nigerian Air Force.
According to him, the operation, undertaken based on “credible intelligence information,” targeted Boko Haram hideouts, adding that “more details of successes achieved will be made available as the operation continues.”
The spokesperson named five top Boko Haram commanders neutralised in the operation to include Abu Dujana, Man Tahiru, a Deputy to Boko Haram terrorist group Hisba leader, Man Chari, Malam Abdullahi Abu Sa’ad and Goni Bamanga.
“The Nigerian military would continue with the concerted onslaught on the reported Boko Haram terrorists’ locations till they have been eliminated,” he added.
The military is currently engaged in counter-insurgency efforts in the North-east to curtail the activities of the Boko Haram which has claimed thousands of lives and displaced many.
Meanwhile, the troops of the Army are yet to capture the elusive leader of Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, 40 days after its Chief gave an ultimatum.
On July 21, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had given the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau “dead or alive”.