How I killed Five Top Boko Haram Commanders, Neutralize 70 Terrorists
– Outgoing War Theater Commander
With innovations in combat tactics, General Ibrahim Attahiru, war theater commander, Operation Lafya Dole, says that he was able to kill five top commanders and 70 other terrorists of the Islamist Boko Haram sect. The army general made this disclosure at his formal hand over to his successor, Major General, Roger Ibe Nicholas, who took over from him at the war theater in Borno on Monday 11 December 2017.
Speaking at his valedictory ceremony, Attahiru stated that at the inception of his stewardship at the theater, a quick evaluation of the operational situation of the theatre resulted in the crucial decision to swiftly conduct the clearance operations that neutralized, identified immediate threats posed by remnants of Boko Haram who were still seeking refuge in some remote areas within the area. These were in the fringes of the north eastern international borders.
“This evaluation also identified the need for each of the three sectors in the theatre of operation to immediately establish Fire Support Coordination Cell (FSCC) which were employed continuously to degrade the BHT in their enclaves and staging areas,” he said.
He further added that these FSCC carried out artillery and aerial bombardments in conjunction with the Air Component of Operation Lafya Dole on isolated terror enclaves killing several of their operatives and destroying their logistic base.
Another upside of the evaluation is the creation of dugouts along Boko Haram crossing points to deny the group freedom of action and stem the conduct of their activities.
“Additionally, the security architecture of the theatre was rejigged with the inauguration of Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) in August 2017 to reinforce the Mobile Brigade Concept (MBC) adopted in the Theatre to facilitate the quick defeat of the BHT,” Attahiru added.
He would be succeeded in the theater by Ibe Nicholas a polyglot, fluent in Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba. He was also head of the Experts and Strategic Team for Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin Republic that produced the enriched working documents and communiqué signed by the Heads of States for the operationalization of the Multi National Joint Task Force.
He is also a resource person to Lake Chad Basin Commission on the fight on insurgency in the Region.