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By Chris Nomjov
The Nigerian Military, Thursday, recorded a resounding victory over the Boko Haram insurgents as they recaptured Madagali, the last of placed held by the terrorists in Adamawa state.
In a tweet by the Defence Headquarter, it noted that there were no casualties on the side of our Armed Forces.
“FLASH: Troops today succeeded in clearing terrorists out of #Madagali. The last of places held by the terrorists in Adamawa.
#Madagali There were NO casualties on the side of your Armed Forces. Mopping up is ongoing. More details later. #AdamawaisFree,” the Defence Headquarter tweeted.
The Nigerian Army and its allies have claimed a series of successes against Boko Haram.
It would be recalled that troops had recaptured almost all towns in Adamawa earlier held by insurgents except Madagali, headquarters of Madagali Local Government, the GOC, 3 Division, Maj.-Gen. Fatai Alli, said.
Alli disclosed this when some newsmen were taken on a guided tour of liberated towns in Hong, Mubi and Michika Local Government Areas of the state.
Maj.-Gen. Chris Olunkolade, the Director, Defence Information, who led the tour, said it was to give the journalists the opportunity to see the situation on ground.
Some of the recaptured towns include Hong, Kaala, Makera, Mararraba Mubi, Maiha, Mubi North, Mubi South, Uba, Kudzum, Bazza, Michika and Shuwa.
The GOC said operations to recapture Madagali were ongoing, and vowed that all territories held by the terrorists would be liberated soon.
Alli attributed the successes recorded by troops in the war against the insurgents to recent acquisition of weapons, better coordination, motivation and training of personnel.
“Boko Haram has been substantially degraded, the flow of arms and ammunition to them has reduced drastically, their financial support has been blocked by financial measures adopted by the international community.’’
Meanwhile, the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmadu, has restated his call on his subjects to return, saying that the area had been secured by the military.
Ahmadu told the journalists that paid him a visit at his palace that it was important for the residents to return so as to help in the rebuilding process.
“I will plead with the people of Mubi to come home so that we develop Mubi.
“ Mubi is now in peace, so everybody should come; I have come back to Mubi, I am not going anywhere except on official assignment,’’ he said