The Nigerian army has announced the death of seven key commanders of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, who held their operations along the Lake Chad region.
All seven Boko Haram commanders were reportedly killed during a fierce battle with troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Col. Sagir Musa of the Nigerian Army said in a statement: "Soldiers are in a celebratory mood today and have been basking in the successes of their combined efforts of artillery and air bombardments of suspected hideouts of erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP at the Tumbus of Lake Chad region that neutralized many, including key commanders.”
“Information coming out from the inner circles of the demented and criminal group’s enclave escaping to Sudan and Central African Republic, indicates that at least no fewer than seven of their key commanders have been wasted by the superior forces of the MNJTF.
“The neutralized commanders are said to be Abba Mainok, Bukar Dunokaube, Abu kololo, Abor Kime (said to be of Arab origin – likely their ISIS trainer), Mann Chari, Dawoud Abdoulaye (from Mali) and Abu Hamza.
“All these were said to be commanders of various Tumbus controlling fighters before they were decisively dealt with and sent to the pit of hell by the military bombardment."
The news will be well received by Nigerians, as Boko Haram has claimed over 10,000 lives in the country since their uprising a decade ago. Boko Haram has been listed among the top three deadliest terrorist groups in the world. Buhari had last week declared the terrorist sect as mere bandits not terrorists.