The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, has on Sunday, issued a 48-hour deadline for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture Marte from the boko haram terrorists, and clear other adjoining villages, including Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo, Chikingudo Communities of Marte, and Ngala Local Government Areas, in Maiduguri, Borno State, Page 36 learnt.
COAS Attahiru gave the order while addressing troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 9, Dikwa.
He assured the troops of the needed support to carry out the task, which he said must be done within 48-hours.
His words: “Areas around Marte, Chikingudu, Wulgo Kirenowa, and Kirta, must be cleared in the next 48-hours. You should be rest assured of all support you required in this very onerous task.
”I have just spoken to the Theater Commander, and the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, you must not let this nation down. Go back and do the needful, and I will be right behind you.”
He also warned the troops not to allow themselves to be over-run by the boko haram insurgents, stressing that, “you are aware of the recent attack on Dikwa and Marte, you should not allow this to happen again, go after them and clear these bastards”.
While appreciating the efforts of the troops in the fight against boko haram, the new COAS promised to be committed to the welfare of the Soldiers, by rotating them from the Theatre, as well as continue to visit them regularly, to boost their morale.