Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has charged soldiers to go after Boko Haram fighters in their hideout.
The directive was given after the terrorists were reported to have killed 31 fishermen in Baga area of Borno state, Nigeria’s North-East region.
It was reported that the killings occurred last weekend at Duguri and Dabar-Wanzam fishing communities in Kukawa Local Government area of the state.
But the Army has yet to confirm the attack.
However, Gen. Buratai told the troops: “You must take this fight to their hideouts. You must go further, that should be the next state.’’
The Army chief addressed the troops after decorating two officers and 63 soldiers with “Gallantry Medals” for their exceptional performance in the clearance operation.
I won’t accept a situation where our troops are being unnecessarily killed or innocent civilians are ambushed on the highways or in some other areas.
The remnants (of terrorists) that are roaming in the bushes and forest must be followed through.
They must be identified and cleared. Don’t rest on your oars. We still have little to accomplish. You have done the greater part
We are moving to the end of this operation, but there are still more tasks to be accomplished.