September 25 turned out to be a bloody day for the Nigerian Army and the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
This is as number of clashes were reported between Nigerian troops and the terrorist in both Borno and Kaduna States on Sunday.
In one statement the Army said three members of Boko Haram were killed in Borno in one encounter, while six others were arrested in Kaduna.
Yet in another statement by Acting Director Nigerian Army Public Relations Officer, Col Sani Usman confirmed that another clash between soldiers and members of the terrorist group on Sunday, September 25 left 22 insurgents and four soldiers killed, while two other soldiers were injured in the clash that happened along the Dikwa-Gamboru road in Borno state at about 1:00 am, according to Usman.
He said: “At about 1.00am today, Sunday September 25, 2016, some suspected remnants of Boko Haram fighters attacked our troops’ location at Logomani along Dikwa-Gambarou Road, Borno State, in a three-wave attack using 36 hand grenades and rocket propelled launchers.
“Our troops fought gallantly and repelled the attack which lasted for about one hour. At the end of the fierce encounter, the troops counted 22 dead bodies of Boko Haram fighter. They also recovered two AK-47 rifles, one FN rifle, one G3 rifle and some 36 hand grenades.
“Unfortunately, our troops lost four soldiers and their rifles as a result of the effect of Boko Haram’s use of rocket propelled grenades, while two soldiers were wounded in action. Those wounded in action had been evacuated for further medical management.
“The location had been reinforced and replenished while the troops continued their clearance operations.”
According to by Usman in another statement, the Nigerian troops were ambushed by Boko Haram militants at some towns in Borno State but three of the insurgents lost their lives in the encounter.
He said the Army also suffered casualties that included that of an unnamed officer and three soldiers.
The statement stated: “Today, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on administration patrol from Maiduguri encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and ambush between Miyanti and Dareljamal, Borno State.
“The ambush was cleared and 3 Boko Haram terrorists were killed by the troops. They also recovered a Machine Gun, 1 AK-47 Rifle and some quantity of ammunition.
“Unfortunately, we lost an officer and 3 soldiers, while 16 soldiers and 3 Civilian JTF sustained injuries during the encounter.
“Similarly, 2 vehicles that entered the IED were badly damaged. The wounded have since been evacuated and are in stable condition.”
In a separate statement late on Sunday night, Col. Usman confirmed the arrests of six Boko Haram suspects as the Army clashed with insurgents in Godogodo community in Kaduna state.
According to Usman’s statement: “Gallant troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army in a joint operation with personnel of Nigeria Police and local vigilantes have today repelled a coordinated attack by gunmen on Godogodo town of Kaduna State.
“The troops fought off the attackers and pursued them into the bush inflicting heavy casualty on them.
“The combined security team also arrested the following 6 suspects : Lawal Gambo, Yau Sani, Bala Amodu, Ibrahim Maikaru, Abubakar Hassan and Bashiru Isa Ciroma.
“Unfortunately 4 local vigilantes lost their lives while another 9 were wounded in the course of countering the dastardly attack meant to cause more loss of lives and properties of law abiding citizens of Godogogo Town.
“The situation in Godogoogo Town has since returned to normalcy and efforts are ongoing to track the remaining fleeing bandits.
“We wish to reassure citizens that the effort to safeguard life and property will continue with renewed vigour until all the rampaging bandits are brought to justice.”