The Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has issued a 48-hour deadline for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture Marte from Boko Haram insurgents.
Attahiru gave the directive on Sunday while addressing troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 9 at Dikwa.
He also ordered them to clear other adjoining villages, including Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo, Chikingudo communities of Marte and Ngala local government areas in Borno State.
He said, “Areas around Marte, Chikingudu, Wulgo, Kirenowa and Kirta must be cleared in the next 48 hours. You should rest assured of all support you require in this very onerous task.
“I have just spoken to the Theatre Commander and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 7 Division. You must not let this nation down. Go back and do the needful and I will be right behind you,” Attahiru said.
“You are aware of the recent attack on Dikwa and Marte. You should not allow this to happen again. Go after them and clear those bastards,” he said.
The COAS assured the troops that they would get the necessary support to carry out the task expected of them.