Gudumbali: Military Repel Terrorists, Loses Soldier

Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE located at Gudumbali in northern Borno State on Friday 15th December 2018 repelled an infiltration by suspected Boko Haram terrorists that came disguised as civilian Internally Displaced Persons and inserted themselves in the community.

The terrorists took advantage of the ongoing distribution of relief materials by the Nigerian Army at Gudumbali and opened fire on troops location which was followed by rapid fire from other terrorists in gun trucks along Gudumbali-Kukawa axis. The trucks conveying the relief materials were set ablaze. However, the troops however fought gallantly and outmanoeuvred the attackers and inflicted heavy casualties on them.

Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme price during the encounter, while another was wounded in action. A Cobra Armoured Personnel Carrier and a truck belonging to the unit were damaged.

Similarly, the troops have recovered bodies of some of the neutralised terrorists, large quantity of ammunition and 8 Rocket Propelled Grenades Charges.

The troops have since been reinforced and normalcy has been brought to the general area.

Meanwhile, the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Friday 14th December 2018 gave a befitting military burial to 19 out of the 23 officers and soldiers of 157 Battalion that gallantly paid the supreme price in the defence of our fatherland on 18th November 2018 at Metele, Borno State. The solemn but colourful burial ceremony took place at Maimalari Cantonment Military Cemetery, Maiduguri, Borno State.

In attendance at ceremony were the Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, who represented the Governor, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Chief of Training and Operations (Army), who represented the Chief of Army Staff, representative of the Shehu of Borno, families of the deceased heroes, commanders and heads of security agencies, as well as some officers and soldiers of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

Onyema Nwachukwu
Deputy Director Public Relations
Theatre Command