The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has commiserated with troops involved in a road accident on Thursday at Garin Kuturu, along Maiduguri-Damaturu road.
It has been reported that a detachment of Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram was on Thursday involved in an accident on their way to rescue travelers attacked by Boko Haram.
A statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu on Friday confirmed that one of the gun trucks conveying the troops skidded off the road and rammed into a road shoulder.
The incident caused the vehicle to somersault.
Nwachukwu further stated that nine personnel who sustained varying degrees of injuries are currently receiving treatment in a military medical facility and no fatality was recorded.
He, therefore, commended the troops for their swift response and urged them to be more circumspect during emergency operational responses.
The statement reads in part: “While at the hospital, the COAS took time to interact with the soldiers and assured them of proper medical care and welfare, adding that their medical care is of utmost importance to him. He averred that the nation is indeed proud of their selfless service and sacrifices towards restoring peace to the North East region.
Similarly, the COAS visited the Mechanical Repair Group to inspect the ongoing repairs and refurbishment of vehicles at the workshop through the use of local resources. He commended the resilience and ingenuity of the engineers and technicians in fixing most of the vehicles that were hitherto classified as ‘beyond local repairs’.
The COAS appreciated the commitment and selflessness of the troops in the Theatre and implored them to exhibit a high level of professionalism and ensure that all remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists are neutralized.”
Earlier, the new Theatre Commander OPHK, Major General Christopher Musa briefed the COAS on the operational situation in the Theatre. He assured the COAS that all efforts will be geared towards bringing the war against terrorism to a decisive end.
Meanwhile, a suspect and bread factory owner, Hassan Magaji, has revealed that he made N400,000 supplying bread to bandits in Kaduna state.
Naija News reports that Magaji alongside Abubakar Ibrahim, Auwal Abubakar, and Ibrahim Kabiru were arrested by the police on June 8 on their way to Damari forest around Birnin Gwari and Giwa Local LGAs.