Update: Nigerian Army Finally Releases Casualty Figure Of Melete Attack Victims

The Nigerian Army has finally released the casualty figure of victims of the inhumane attack in Melete, Borno State. The Army spokesperson has disclosed that 23 soldiers were killed while 31 were wounded as opposed to the 44 to 100 personnels News Agency of Nigeria reported. The army however added that although they are trying their best to curb the activities of the insurgents, the terrorists have recently tried to make daring moves. It revealed that the insurgents are now employing the usage of drones and foreign fighters to fight off their defence. They however reaffirm their stance and commitment to put a final end to all their activities. According to the statement issued by Brig.Gen. Sani Usman on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, November 28, the army revealed that between November 2 and November 17, the terrorists attacked their troops’ positions at Kukawa, Ngoshe, Kareto and Gajiram. He disclosed that troops repelled those attacks but 16 soldiers were killed, while 12 others sustained injuries in those incidents. He was quoted to have said that:  “The sacrifices of these fallen heroes will not be in vain. “We also wish all those wounded in action speedy recovery and assure them of our continued support and care,”. Usman also added that the ugly incident of November 18 happened at a time when the Nigerian Army was planning to hold the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference for 2018 in Benin city. He said: “On account of this incident, the conference had to be moved from Benin city to Maiduguri to enable the Nigerian Army leadership get closer to the troops on the ground and to better appraise our activities, assess our performance and identify our shortcomings as an army. “We are also sensitive to the fact that the nation is approaching an election year and thus we must be prepared to assist in providing security for the peaceful conduct of elections. “Accordingly, the theme for this year’s annual conference is aptly titled, “Optimizing the Operational Efficiency of the Nigerian Army Towards Safeguarding Democracy and National Security in Nigeria,”. He went on to assure Nigerians and the international community that the army would work assiduously with other security agencies to provide a secure environment for peace and unity in Nigeria. Usman pointed out that since 2015, the army in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies had systematically incapacitated the terrorists and recorded many successes. He however added that in the last two to three months, there were daring moves by the terrorists, who had used drones against troops’ defensive positions and infusion of foreign fighters in their ranks. He explained further by saying: “These potent threats require us to continually review our operations. “The Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate and pledge its total commitment to the defence of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “We wish to reassure all Nigerians of the commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend our country at all costs. “We shall also continue to remain apolitical, professional and responsive in the discharge of our constitutional roles.”Photo Credit: Getty

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