The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has applauded the Nigerian military’s ground and air components for what he described as “decisive blow against Boko Haram” in the early hours of Wednesday, even when the insurgents ambushed from different directions in attempt to overrun Damboa town in southern part of the states.
Zulum said in a statement, he personally signed, that he was particularly impressed that a combined team of soldiers of the army fighting on the ground and air, using fighter jets with the complementary efforts of the civilian JTF and vigilantes, not only killed scores of insurgents to prevent them from gaining grounds, but went the gallant step of taking the war to the insurgents even after they had fled.
“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 Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday morning in Damboa town” He said
The attacks were carried on Damboa town at about 6am yesterday as squads of the insurgents cleverly attacked the town from different directions, believing their ambush was going to succeed in overrunning the town but were cut short of their adventure by the as they met a far more determined and battle ready military with Soldiers of the army fought from the ground while the Air force quickly deployed fighter jets with the 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.
The Governor also applaud the Military for not staying back and remobilizing as they took the war to the fleeing insurgent by killing and destroying six fighting vehicles and 19 fighters Jets by depriving the Insurgents vehicles to used for fighting.
The Governor salute the ground and air forces and also the s volunteers who supported the military and two volunteers, one each of the Civilian JTF and Vigilantes who paid the supreme price in trying to defend Borno and Nigeria.
Zulu also commiserate with families of two women who died from stray bullets and wish those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery.
The Governor assured 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 end and we shall regain our enduring peace and prosperity” Zulum said in the statement.