Army Names A New Commander To Lead Fight Against Boko Haram
The Nigerian Army has named a commander to take charge of the fight against insurgents Boko Haram, code-named Operation Lafiya Dole.
He is Major General Benson Akinroluyo. He will replace Major General Abba Dikko, who in July, took over command of Operation Lafiya Dole, the army said in a statement that outlined dozens of redeployments.
Major General Akinroluyo will make the fifth commander in less than 2 years to lead the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency, the army said on Saturday, a move military sources say was related to continued attacks by Boko Haram.
Dikko has been moved to the Department of Civil Military Affairs to fill the position of chief of civil military affairs.
“The Nigerian Army has redeployed some of its officers from Operation Lafiya Dole, Operation Delta Safe, as well as over stayed officers from the theatre as part of routine posting,” the army said in the statement.
Two military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he was redeployed because of attacks by Islamists since he took over.
Since July, when Dikko was appointed, dozens of Nigerian troops have been killed in battles with militants and Islamic State in West Africa, ISWA killed two abducted aid workers.
Soldiers also staged a protest at an airport in September.
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