"Operation Lafiya Dole" Gets New Commander

Army General leading Nigeria's war against Boko Haram removed

Boko Haram: Rogers Nicholas replaces Attahiru as theatre commander

Attahiru was consequently replaced by new commander, Maj.

The shake-up underscores the fragility of the security situation in Nigeria's northeast, where the conflict with the Islamist insurgent group is now in its ninth year, despite assertions by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration that it is on its last legs.

They said the conduct of the war against the insurgents is now being reviewed.

A military spokesman declined to comment on the replacement of Attahiru. Lucky Irabor, who is now the Commander of the Multi-National Joint Task Force in May 2017.

Rogers would be the fifth commander of the operation to end Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

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.

Meanwhile, sources at the Theatre Command Headquarters, in Maiduguri, told Daily Sun that Gen. Attahiru who was appointed, in May, will now move to the Army Headquarters as Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans.

About 45 persons were also killed and 47 critically injured in November after a suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a mosque in Yola, Adamawa State.

Although the reason for the removal was not stated, it was learnt that the redeployment was connected with the most recent Boko Haram attacks in the Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, in which at least 18 persons were killed.

Although the army has not officially announced the new deployments to Nigerians, the military radio in Borno has already made the announcements.

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