Boko Haram: Army Redeploys Theatre Commander


Gen. Attahiru was appointed the theatre commander about six months ago, replacing Maj.

Boko Haram attacks appear to have increased since Mr. Ibrahim assumed duties with scores of suicide bombings, mostly by teenage girls, occurring between May and December.

Army chief Gen Tukur Buratai gave him a deadline in July to deliver Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dead or alive within 40 days.

The shake-up underscores the fragility of the security situation in the Northeast, where the conflict with Boko Haram insurgents is in the ninth year, despite assertions by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration that it is on its last leg.

The insurgents continued to stage daring attacks including on military formations. The month after, a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at Magumeri area of Borno state.

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About 45 persons were also killed and 47 critically injured in November after a suicide bombers detonated their explosives in a mosque in Yola, Adamawa State.

His replacement has been named as Nicholas Rogers, who until recently has been involved in the Nigerian military's attempt to pacify ethnic skirmishes in the central region.

Ibrahim is expected to resume as Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters.

Until his new appointment, Nicholas was the Chief of Logistics at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.