The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has commiserated with the families of the fallen heroes in a recent Terrorists attack on Troops at Jakana along Damaturu- Maiduguri road where a Colonel and Captain who ran into their ambush were killed.
The COAS reiterated that Personnel of the Nigerian Army will never be deterred in the ongoing noble and patriotic fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North East. He said that the sacrifices of the fallen heroes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency is no doubt painful to all, but it will further spur the Army to do more to ensure that the country remain secured, peaceful and free from terrorists activities for the overall interest of the nation.
He further commended the efforts of the entire troops in the theatre and charged them to remain focus, highly committed and professional in the discharge of their constitutional roles.
On Wednesday 17 July, Troops of 212 Battalion deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jakana, encounter and neutralised unconfirmed number of Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists when they woefully attempted to infiltrate their base in dire need for logistics.
The terrorists came at about 1845 hours in 7 Gun Trucks and fought fiercely to infiltrate the camp, but the attack was thwarted with heavy fire and bombardment by the gallant and patriotic troops who were vigilant and battle ready.
The terrorists couldn’t bear the fire power after losing significant number of both equipment and personnel in an exchange of fire. They withdrew in disarray along the Benisheikh – Damaturu axis, – abandoning a damaged utility Gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items.
Troops immediately followed in hot pursuit and the following items were captured:
a. 1 x Anti Aircraft Gun
b. 2 x Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tubes
c. 2 x AK 47 Rifles
d. 15 x Machine Gun rounds
e. 12 x AK 47 NATO rounds.
Sadly, a Colonel and a Captain as well as 3 soldiers on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu run into an ambush staged by the routed/fleeing terrorists from the Jakana axis that led to their unfortunate death.