Territories earlier ransacked by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East have been reclaimed, the Nigerian Army said on Friday.

This is coming at a time reports had indicated that 7 of the 27 local government areas of Borno State were still under Boko Haram control.

In a statement, the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, dismissed the reports saying they were ‘misleading’.

"The insinuation is an attempt to propagate falsehood and a futile effort to misinform members of the public on the true security situation in the North-East," the statement read.

According to Colonel Nwachukwu, the Armed Forces under the Operation Lafiya Dole had recorded significant successes in the counter insurgency operation and had rooted out the insurgents from their major tactical enclave in Sambisa forest and their spiritual headquarters at Alagarno.

“It is very crucial to set the record straight by making it crystal clear that contrary to this misleading report, the Boko Haram terrorists do not hold or control any Local Government Area in Borno or in the North-East as claimed by some elements.

“Local government areas hitherto controlled by Boko Haram have been liberated by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.

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“The troops have continued to ensure security in the liberated areas after routing out the insurgents.

“Displaced persons are also encouraged to return to their communities, to resume their normal life,” he stated.

Nwachukwu explained that the military had conducted various operations to enhance their operations, decimate the insurgents’ group and protect the nation’s territorial integrity.

“Our troops are tirelessly on the trail of the fleeing insurgents as devastating coordinated aerial and artillery bombardments are being unleashed on the terrorist group," he added.


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