The governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has confirmed that troops of the Nigerian Army repelled Boko Haram attackers in Borno State.
The governor narrated that the gallantry displayed by the army, airforce, and members of the civilian JTF prevented the Boko Haram fighters from overrunning Damboa village in Borno State.
It will be recalled Naija News earlier reported that members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group attacked Damboa, the headquarters of a local government area in Borno State.
The insurgents arrived the community in large numbers and Hilux vehicles around 6:30 am on Wednesday and started shooting sporadically.
They were however intercepted by troops of the Nigerian Army, assisted by air support from the Nigeria Air Force and exchanged fire with the insurgents when they invaded a community in the state on Wednesday.
In a statement on Thursday, Governor Zulum commended the troops for their efforts, noting that he was impressed by how soldiers fighting on the ground and using fighter jets repelled the attackers.
“I find it compelling to salute our gallant soldiers of the Nigerian Army and Air Force, under operation Lafiya Dole for a decisive blow against Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday morning in Damboa town,” he said.
“At about 6am yesterday, squads of the insurgents cleverly attacked Damboa from different directions, believing their ambush was going to succeed in overrunning the town. Unfortunately for the insurgents, they met a far more determined and battle ready military.
“What I find even more impressive, was that after the insurgents retreated due to defeat, the military did not stay back, they remobilized and took the war to the fleeing insurgents and in the process, killed more insurgents and destroyed six more fighting vehicles, bringing to 19, the number of vehicles destroyed.”
Zulum further commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the battle between the insurgents and security operatives.
“The insurgents were deprived of and we know what one vehicle used for fighting means to the Boko Haram, talk more of 19. I salute our ground and air forces. I salute our volunteers who supported the military. I salute two volunteers, one each of the Civilian JTF and Vigilantes who paid the supreme price in trying to defend Borno and Nigeria,” he said.
“I commiserate with families of two women who died from stray bullets and wish those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery. I assure the people of Borno State that so much is being put in place in combined and very resolute effort, to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency. By the power of God, the insurgency will eventually end and we shall regain our enduring peace and prosperity.”