Troops kill 3 Boko Haram insurgents, recovers ammunition in Borno

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Mr. Ibrahim has now been replaced by Rogers Nicholas, also a major general.

Also, his inability to capture the Boko Haram terrorists' leader, Abubakar Shekau, in spite of a 40-day ultimatum, issued in August 2017, to the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command to capture Shekau by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, which expired in September 2017.

-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and replaced him with a new commander, Maj.

In May, he took over the theatre command from Lucky Irabor who is now coordinating the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

At least 20,000 people have been killed and thousands more abducted since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009.

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In recent weeks, there has been an upsurge in Boko Haram attacks that have cast further doubt on government and military claims that the jihadists are a spent force.

One such attack last month saw Boko Haram fighters briefly overrunning Magumeri, a town 50 kilometres north of Maiduguri, forcing troops to withdraw until reinforcements arrived.

Mr. Ibrahim is believed to have been redeployed to the Army headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans.

Nicholas was the Chief of Logistics at the Army Headquarters in Abuja before his appointment.

Although the army has not officially announced the new deployments to Nigerians, the military radio in Borno has already made the announcements.