Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, has lauded the efforts of the army in crushing the Boko Haram insurgents in Damboa on Wednesday.
Troops belonging to the 117 task force battalion in Chibok engaged the insurgents in a gun battle and subsequently repelled the attack when they invaded a community in the state on Wednesday.
Zulum, In a statement on Thursday, while condoling with the families of those who lost their lives in the attack, also eulogised the gallantry the troops for inflicting “decisive blow against Boko Haram”.
The governor expressed delight at how soldiers fighting on the ground and using fighter jets fend off the attackers.
“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,” the statement read.
“At about 6am yesterday, squads of the insurgents cleverly attacked Damboa from different directions, believing their ambush was going to succeed in overrunning the town. Unfortunately for the insurgents, they met a far more determined and battle ready military.
“What I find even more impressive, was that after the insurgents retreated due to defeat, the military did not stay back, they remobilized and took the war to the fleeing insurgents and in the process, killed more insurgents and destroyed six more fighting vehicles, bringing to 19, the number of vehicles destroyed.”
Zulum said his administration was putting measures in place to end the insurgency and to restore peace in the state.
“The insurgents were deprived of and we know what one vehicle used for fighting means to the Boko Haram, talk more of 19. I salute our ground and air forces. I salute our volunteers who supported the military. I salute two volunteers, one each of the Civilian JTF and Vigilantes who paid the supreme price in trying to defend Borno and Nigeria,” he said.
“I commiserate with families of two women who died from stray bullets and wish those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery. I assure 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.”