Boko Haram: Rogers Nicholas replaces Attahiru as theatre commander



A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the Air Force carried out series of interdictions and destroyed Boko Haram structures in Bogumeri and Gwoza towns.

In June, barely a month after Ibrahim took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Nigeria is replacing the military commander of the fight against Boko Haram after half a year following a string of insurgency attacks despite years of official claims the group has nearly been defeated, military sources said on Wednesday. About 12 soldiers who escorted the academics were reportedly killed.

A recent attack was carried out in Biu, Borno state, where two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a market, killing about 18 people.

Some of the most recent cases were the ambush in Magumeri that caused the death of about 19 soldiers and kidnap of some oil explorers.

His removal is said to be linked to the seeming inefficiency of his command in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency. Mr. Ibrahim had a closed door session with the defence chief.

The military is yet to make known officially the new appointment, but sources at the theatre command headquarters, in Maiduguri, said Gen. Attahiru who was appointed, in May, will now move to the Army Headquarters as Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans.

TheCable understands that Ibrahim has been replaced by Rogers Nicholas, a major general who was formerly in charge of logistics at the army headquarters.

However, the official announcement of the new appontment is yet to be made by the Army.