The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ABUJA – Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured that Baga town in Borno State remained under the control of the Nigerian military, despite reports that ISIS insurgents had sacked the troops and taken over the community they had occupied in the past.
Buratai, speaking in Maiduguri, the state capital, during the flag-off of Operation Egwu Eke III (Python Dance), stressed that although the insurgents tried to overrun the town, the military successfully repelled their attacks and remain in charge in the town.
Meanwhile, thousands of Baga residents, who fled to Maiduguri with their personal belongings, were seen at the motor park, yesterday morning.
The suspected ISIS terrorists were earlier reported to have attacked two military bases in Baga and briefly seized the headquarters of a multinational force, comprising troops from Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroun. They were even reported to have hoisted their flag in the town.