The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has commended the bravery of 65 soldiers who have performed creditably well in the anti-terrorism campaign.
This was announced by spokesperson of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Emmanuel Kingsley on Wednesday in a statement in the Borno State capital, Maiduguri.
Lieutenant Colonel Kingsley said the CAS decorated two officers and 63 soldiers on Tuesday, as a way to appreciate their effort.
“Two officers and 63 soldiers serving under the 151 Task Force Battalion, 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, were decorated for their gallantry and bravery in the face of the enemy.
“On 10th July, the soldiers came under Boko Haram insurgents’ attacks on two separate occasions, but they were able to manoeuvre their way out of the ambush.
“They engaged the insurgents, inflicting heavy casualties on them and also recovered weapons, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), gun trucks and logistics,” he stated.
According to the Army spokesperson, Mr. Buratai emphasized the work of the soldiers as a call to national service, adding that it was a means of encouragement, so that they can redouble their effort to win the war against terrorism.
“Buratai tasked the soldiers not to rest on their oars but conclude the fight against Boko Haram Terrorists and return to barracks to continue with training and other routine duties,” he added.
Mr Buratai also paid a courtesy visit to the military units at Awulari on Bama Road, where he supervised a test firing of artillery weapons by 304 Artillery Regiment.
Lieutenant Col Kingsley said the CAS did not fail to pay a visit to Alau Dam on Konduga Road, where the troops performed a gun boat patrol at the jetty.
The CAS in his official visit tour on Monday met with 25 Task Force Brigade, 7 Division Nigerian Army in Damboa and also checked on the Mobile Strike Teams in Buni Yadi Yobe State.
“The Mobile Strike Force is due to be injected into Operation LAFIYA DOLE to enhance a more robust clearance operation against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East,” the statement also read.