The war against insurgency in the North east recorded a major victory Tuesday as Nigerian troops recaptured Bama, a town in Borno State that had been taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents since September, last year.


The military campaign to rout the insurgents from the town was led by the General Officer Commanding, GOC, the 7th division, Lamidi Adeosun, a General in the Nigerian Army who took his team to the town on Monday, recovering it from the control of the insurgents by Tuesday.


Reports indicate that contrary to expectations, the Nigerian troops did not meet any serious resistance from the sect in Konduga and Bama towns, strengthening indications that the recent military campaigns by the Nigerian troops and their allies in the multinational task force have crippled the Boko Haram insurgents.


A military source told our correspondent on the return of the troops from the battle to recapture Bama that renewed motivation gave victory to them. The source also stated that the bravery of the GOC and the supply of new equipment equally contributed to the success.


“My brother, we are happy that our Commander in Chief has been able to upgrade us and as we speak, we have the right equipment to end the war in the next one week. The GOC himself is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that we meet the deadline for elections to the best of his human ability.


“The general did not even utilize our crack boys in Konduga. He just took his team from our supply of new boys here and drove straight into Bama leaving the Konduga guys to rest and continue watching his back till he took over Bama, chased the bad people out, removed their flags and installed our authority,” he said.


Another military source attributed the recent victories to the support from Abuja, stating that having the right kind of equipment has enabled the troops to fight the insurgency to a standstill.




    According to the source, the recapture of Bama has ensured that foreign troops who had earlier been restricted to border towns can now come in for the final push against the insurgents.


    It would be recalled that the military has made several unsuccessful attempts in the past to recapture the strategic town from the insurgents.


    The recovery of Bama from the control of the insurgents has renewed hope that the remaining towns in the control of the insurgents would be freed.


    Bama, a historic Kanuri town, remains the second largest town in Borno after Maiduguri

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