The Nigeria Military has disclosed that three soldiers were killed in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents troops’ location in Kukawa town in Borno State.
During the incident which occurred on Tuesday, eight of the Boko Haram fighters were killed while unconfirmed number escaped with gun shots wounds as Nigeria troops tried to scuttle the attack by the insurgents.
This was contained in a statement on Thursday issued by Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, Defence Spokesperson.
“During the incident, 8 BHTs were neutralized and uncomfirmed number escaped with gun shots wounds,” said Enenche in the statement.
“Unfortunately, 3 soldiers were fatally wounded and later gave up the ghost at the military medical reception station at kukawa military location.
“Two others also sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment at the military medical station.”
According to the Defence Spokesperson, the attack was a deliberate attempt by the insurgents to reverse the gains the government had recorded in resettling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Kukawa area.
“It could be recalled that on 29 July 2020, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum flagged off the re-opening of Munguno-Cross Kauwa-Kukawa Road which was followed almost immediately with the resettlement of some of the displaced people from Kukawa and life was already picking up in the town,” he said.
“The attack by the terrorists was therefore a deliberate attempt to reverse the milestone achievements recorded regarding IDPs in the areas of; peace building, reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts by the government.”
Enenche, however, said the “situation in Kukawa is now calm with troops in full control”.
The Nigerian Armed Forces wishes to assure the general public that there is no going back in its struggle to see to the rebuilding and resettlement efforts for the displaced people,” the statement added.
“The futile attempt by the terrorists to thwart it only spurred the gallant troops for more decisive action.
“The people of Kukawa are therefore advised to go about their normal lawful businesses without any hindrance.
“They are also enjoined to always avail the troops and other security agencies with credible information about the terrorists and any suspicious persons accordingly.