Damasak retaken from Boko Haram by Nigerian troops [Videos]

Brig.-Gen. S.S. Tilawan in Damasak
Brig.-Gen. S.S. Tilawan in Damasak
Brig.-Gen. S.S. Tilawan in Damasak
Brig.-Gen. S.S. Tilawan in Damasak

By Sumaila Ogbaje/Abuja

Damasak, a border town in Mobbar LGA of Borno, which was attacked by Boko Haram on Tuesday, has been retaken by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, the Nigerian Army said.

It was the second attack in five days.

The insurgents also attacked the town at the weekend, destroying facilities owned by global aid organisations. Four people were killed then.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, disputed the latest report that the insurgents are occupying the town.

Although he acknowledged that Boko Haram attacked the border town, he said the terrorists were repelled.

Brig.-Gen. S.S. Tilawan of 5 Brigade in Damasak
Brig.-Gen. S.S. Tilawan of 5 Brigade in Damasak

“As we speak, troops are in total control of the general area”. He then uploaded three videos to show that the town is at ease.

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“The Commander of 5 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. S.S. Tilawan was driving round the town earlier this afternoon to assess the general situation, following the attack by the terrorists,” he said.

The director said that the terrorists sneaked in from the northern flank in active collaboration with some local informants.

Yerima said the reports that the terrorists had overrun and were in control of Damasak town were blatant misinformation.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to assure residents of Damasak and adjoining communities to remain calm as mop operation by the troops are ongoing to flush out the remnant of the terrorists who attacked a section of the town,” he stated.

Reports on Wednesday said the terrorists attacked the town, killing between eight and ten civilians. Many were reportedly injured.

Hundreds of residents fled to Niger Republic.


  1. This News item is direct opposite of what I read in New York Times.

    The New York Times report had it that Boko Haram terrorists were confronted and killed, whereas, the remnants were pushed out of Damasak town by the troops of Niger republic and Chad without the involvement of the Nigerian troops.

    The report further stated that 2 days after the success the neighbouring countries recorded in Damasak, the Nigerian troops are still afraid to move in and take over the control of Damasak.

    It’s unprofessional for the military to claim that they are the ones that flushed out Boko Haram terrorists out of Damasak if the report by New York Times is factual.

    You wonder why the Nigerian government keeps sending the Nigerian troops to fight terrorists with substandard weapons.

    Just recently, it was reported that the, 1 billion dollar appropriated for arms acquisition was embezzled.

    Despite the embezzlement, Buhari still found it convenient to appoint Burutai and his co travellers as ambassadors.

    It’s lamentable that a President who was elected to weed out corruption have proven to be more corrupt than his predecessor.

    What a failed regime. What a huge mistake electing a big time failure into office.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

  2. I think there is a coded instruction not to harm or kill the bandits or boko haram terrorist. They came on Wednesday killed some people and took over the town. The army were only able to secure their barracks. By today we hear the army has taken over the town after the terrorist has finish their mission and left on their own free will. No terrorists or bandits were reported killed.

What do you think?

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