Boko Haram militants planned to ambush convoy of the Nigeria chief of army staff Tukur Buratai but their vicious plans were wrecked.
The convoy of lieutenant general Tukur Buratai almost got ambushed while travelling unsafe Maiduguri- Gamboru-Ngala highway controlled until recently by Boko Haram militants.
One soldier was killed and another two two wounded when the Boko Haram militants ambushed an advance team of troops moving ahead of chief of army staff vehicle. However, soldiers led personally by Tukur Buratai returned fire, killing five Boko Haram members at spot. Five terrorist have been detained by Nigerian troops but four more managed to escape.
Tukur Buratai arrived Maiduguri on Friday with the purpose to inspect troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the most dangerous areas of north-eastern Nigeria.
Chief of army staff made a brief stop at Mafa, addressing the troops of the 112 battalion. Tukur Buratai told soldiers that “we all know we have a task to clear this general area of these criminal elements once and for all so that we all can go back to our normal soldiering business”. He also assured troops that Muhammadu Buhari promised him to provide troops with everything needed to crush Boko Haram insurgency.
Shortly after leaving Mafa soldiers in convoy spotted suspicious men accompanying some herdsmen in the bush.
Chief of army staff ordered his subordinates to round up those men who turned out to be four escaped Boko Haram militants, who took part in the ambush on convoy. They herdsmen told that they were forced by terrorists to move with their cattle to give militants some kind of disguise in hope to escape in the bush.
The Boko Haram members were immediately handcuffed. The convoy moved on to Dikwa, 85km away from Maiduguri, where Tukur Buratai addressed some 4000 refugees protected by troops, assuring them that their plights would soon come to an end due to tireless efforts of the Nigerian military.
Buratai’s final destination was the front-line in the border town of Ngala where he visited soldiers to boost their morale.
After that the chief of army staff returned to Maiduguri at about 4pm and then departed for Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new chief of army staff major-general Tukur Buratai. on July 13, Monday.
Four weeks ago Boko Haram terrorists in an attempt to showcase their audacity attacked the village of the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General T.Y. Buratai.