The governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has applauded the Nigerian military for routing Boko Haram and destroying the insurgents’ 19 vehicles.
The governor made the commendation in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“I find it compelling to salute our gallant soldiers of the Nigerian Army and Air Force under operation lafiya dole for a decisive blow against the boko haram insurgents on Wednesday morning in Damboa town,” Mr Zulum said.
“At about 6am yesterday, squads of the insurgents cleverly attacked Damboa from different directions, believing their ambush was going to succeed in overrunning the town. Unfortunately for the insurgents, they met a far more determined and battle ready military.
“Soldiers of the army fought from the ground, the air force quickly deployed fighter jets while volunteers in the Civilian JTF and vigilantes complemented them. At first stage, destroyed 13 fighting vehicles after killing scores of insurgents who drove on them.
“What I find even more impressive, was that after the insurgents retreated due to defeat, the military did not stay back, they remobilized and took the war to the fleeing insurgents and in the process, killed more insurgents and destroyed six more fighting vehicles, bringing to 19, the number of vehicles the insurgents were deprived of and we know what one vehicle used for fighting, means to the boko haram, talk more of 19.
“I salute our ground and air forces. I salute our volunteers who supported the military. I salute two volunteers, one each of the Civilian JTF and Vigilantes who paid the supreme price in trying to defend Borno and Nigeria. I commiserate with families of two women who died from stray bullets, and wish those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery. I assure the people of Borno State that so much is being put in place in combined and very resolute effort, to bring an end to the boko haram insurgency.
“By the power of God, the insurgency will eventually come to end and we shall regain our enduring peace and prosperity.”