Nigerian New Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru Was Sacked From Boko Haram Front for Being ‘Inefficient’

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The profile of the current chief of staff for Nigeria, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has been released.

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari named Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as his new Chief of Staff.

Information revealed by PM News notes that Attahiru was once dismissed for inefficiency from his role as the theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole in 2017.

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According to reports at the time, Boko Haram terrorists conducted daring operations with impunity under his command.

Suicide bombings have taken place in three states in the North East.

Suicide bombers also targeted Maiduguri, the most-garrisoned city.

In August, the former Army Chief of Staff, who appointed Attahiru to command in May 2017, issued him a 40-day ultimatum to capture Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram sect’s leader.

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He failed to do so, however.

Instead, Boko Haram insurgents in the Magumeri region of Borno state ambushed a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri and the NNPC.

Around 12 soldiers were killed escorting the academics.

Under the order of Attahiru, a series of attacks also took place in the state of Adamawa.

Two suicide bombers in Yobe detonated their explosives in the Biu market, killing about 18 people.

Four female suicide bombers in Maiduguri attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, killing approximately 14 people.

Around 40 people were killed in Yola when a suicide bomber in a mosque detonated his explosives.

In November, an army unit leader and approximately 15 soldiers were killed when insurgents targeted a military unit in Sassawa, Yobe county.

The Biu market attack, in which 18 people died, was the last straw.

On 6 December, just six months after 31 May, when he assumed command, Buratai wasted no time sacking Attahiru from the war front.

The command was taken over by Attahiru as a substitute for Major General Leo Irabor, who led the Multinational Joint Task Force in Ndjamena, Chad.

Irabor is now the current Chief of Defense staff that Buhari has named today.

Removed from command in early December and replaced by Roger Nicholas, Attahiru was sent as deputy chief of strategy and plans, a non-combatant post, to the headquarters of the army.

His last post before being appointed Chief of Military Staff was as the GOC of the 82nd Nigerian Army Division.

Attahiru gave his order a pass rating, however, in his own self-evaluation.

He said in a handing-over note to Major General Roger Nicholas that under his leadership, the army operations in the troubled North-East killed five top Boko Haram leaders in multiple confrontations alongside 70 other terrorists.

“I must say that since I took office as the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole on May 30, 2017, it was operationally and administratively very eventful, particularly at a time when Boko Haram terrorists, BHT, who, having been theoretically defeated and no longer able to carry out sustained operations against their own soldiers, resorted largely to activities related to terrorism.

“I carried out a rapid assessment of the theatre’s operational situation, which resulted in a crucial decision to swiftly conduct clearance operations that neutralized the identified immediate threats posed by remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who were still seeking refuge in some remote areas within the theatre, particularly on the fringes of the international North-East border,” he said.

This assessment also established the need for the Fire Support Coordination Cell, FSCC, to be set up immediately for each of the three sectors in the Theatre of Operation, which were continuously employed to degrade the Boko Haram terrorists in their enclaves and staging areas.

In conjunction with the Air Part of Operation Lafiya Dole, the FSCC carried out artillery and aerial bombardments on isolated BHT enclaves, killing many Boko Haram terrorists and destroying their logistics base.

“The creation of dugouts along BHT crossing points to deny the group freedom of action and stem the conduct of their nefarious activities is another outcome of the assessment,” he said.

He said that during Operation RAWAN KADA in June 2017, operational support provided to Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) troops led to the killing of over 70 Boko Haram terrorists and the recovery of a variety of automatic weapons.

Operation DEEP PUNCH 2, which coordinated a series of precursor operations, including clearance operations, long-range combat patrols, ambushes, blocking operations and cordon and search operations, also witnessed this time.’

“It is enough to note that five high-profile Boko Haram commanders and many foot soldiers were killed during the operations, while many other members of the group surrendered because of the efficiency of the operations,” he said.

“Non-kinetic operations were also carried out through coordinated media and information operations which resulted in the surrender of 72 terrorists from Boko Haram, who were immediately inducted into Operation Safe Corridor,” he said.

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