As part of efforts to rejig the activities of the Troops following the encounter between the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Boko Haram criminal elements at Goniri in Yobe State and Gorgi in Borno State on 22 March 2020, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai paid a 2-day visit to the North East from Tuesday 24 to Wednesday 25 March 2020.
FROM LEFT FRONT ROW BRIG IM AHMADU, BRIG GEN HI DANIEL, MAJ GEN OG ADENIYI, MAJ GEN EO UDOH, MAJ GEN SA ADEBAYO, MAJ GEN CG MUSA AND COL YI YUNUSA. BACK ROW BRIG GEN EA ANARIYU, MAJ GEN S IDRIS, MAJ A MUSA AND COL SM UBA AT 27 BRIGADE FIELD HOSPITAL ON 25 MARCH 2020 DURING COAS VISIT.
A statement signed by Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Colonel AMINU ILIYASU said ‘’The Chief of Army Staff was represented on the visit by the Chief of Training and Operations (Army), Major General Enobong Okon Udoh along with other senior officers of the Nigerian Army. These include the Chief of Military Intelligence, Major General Samuel Adebayo, the Director, Campaign Planning, Major General Christopher Musa and the Deputy Director, Peacekeeping Operations, Colonel Samaila Uba.
JOYOUS EXCHANGE OF GREETINGS BETWEEN THE COAS REP AND TROOPS OF OP LAFIYA DOLE AT AHQ LOGISTICS BASE III DAMATURU ON 25 MARCH 2020.
The statement said on arrival at Maiduguri at about 6.00pm on 24 March 2020, the COAS proceeded straight to the Headquarters, Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, where he was briefed on the said encounter by the Theatre Commander, Major General Ousegun Adeniyi. The Theatre Commander explained that, on 22 March 2020, having captured and cleared Gorgi of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents, he led the troops to harbour about 5 Kilometers ahead of the location. However, at about 7:00 am on 22 March 2020 when the troops were preparing to continue with their advance to clear other Boko Haram enclaves in the area, the criminal insurgents attacked the rear elements of the advance force in an attempt to overrun them. However, the gallant troops repelled the attack, inflicting heavy casualty on the terrorists. In the aftermath of that encounter, no less than 150 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized by the gallant troops while a large number of them retreated with gunshot wounds. Many of their equipment were also destroyed. Major General Ousegun Adeniyi regretted that, 29 personnel of Operation LAFIYA DOLE paid the supreme price during the encounter as a result of the multiple explosions that occurred when the engine of an army truck conveying artillery bombs, explosives and other munitions caught fire after being hit by a Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb fired by the criminal insurgents. He added that a few other soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries and were evacuated to the 7 Division Hospital Maimalari Cantonment where they are responding to treatment.
Having been thoroughly briefed by the Theatre Commander, on Wednesday 25 March 2020, at about 9:15 am, the Chief of Army Staff proceeded to Headquarters Sector 2 in Damaturu. On arrival, the Chief of Army Staff addressed the troops that took part in the Gorgi operations. The troops were apparently in very high spirits following their resounding victory over the terrorists during the encounter. LT (SURG) EGBEWALE EXPLAINING THE CONDITION OF AN INJURED SOLDIER TO THE COAS REP MAJ GEN EO UDOH AT 7 DIVISION HOSPITAL MAIMALARI CANTONMENT ON 25 MARCH 2020.
The Chief of Army Staff commended the troops and informed them that the Nigerian Army, and indeed the entire Nigerian nation are proud of their gallantry, patriotism and professionalism demonstrated by them in service to their fatherland. He also informed them that the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari was proud of their gallantry, patriotism and resolve to defend the territorial integrity of their fatherland. He noted that the President had given assurances of his continuous support to them in the area of their welfare and equipment.TROOPS LISTENING TO ADDRESS BY THE COAS REP MAJ GEN EO UDOH AT THE AHQ LOGISTICS BASE III DAMATURU ON 25 MARCH 2020
The Chief of Army Staff also enjoined them to remain focused on the task at hand towards ensuring that all the remnants of the evil Boko Haram terrorists group are totally decimated and that their notorious activities are effectively brought to an end.
Thereafter, the Chief of Army Staff’s Representative presented each of the troops with welfare items including a brand new pair of desert camouflage uniform sent to each of them by the Chief of Army Staff in order to further motivate them.
COAS REP MAJ GEN EO UDOH AND TROOPS OF OP LAFIYA DOLE DOING PUSH UP EXERCISE AT THE AHQ LOGISTICS BASE III DAMATURU ON 25 MARCH 2020
SENIOR OFFICERS INTERACTING AT 7 DIVISION HOSPITAL MAIMALARI CANTONMENT DURING THE VISIT. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT MAJ GEN SA ADEBAYO, BRIG GEN PI EZE, BRIG GEN MS ADAMU AND MAJ GEN OG ADENIYI.