- Troops took over the town on Thursday after clearing terrorists from the town
- The taking over of the town by the Nigerian military was announced by the Defence Headquarters in a tweet.
- Offensive against the Boko Haram has increased since postponement of Nigeria’s elections
- The military says it will continue offensives against the Boko Haram util they are cleared from all communities in the north-east
- More than 30 communities in the north-east have been reclaimed so far
In a tweet on its twitter handle on Thursday, the Defence Headquarters in Nigeria said: “Troops are now in full control of Mafa, Borno State after completing the operation to clear terrorists from the town yesterday evening”.
The taking over of Mafa is the latest breakthrough that the Nigerian military has recorded since Nigeria’s election was postponed by six weeks to enable the military attempt clearing terrorist from the nation’s north-east.
Offensives against the terrorist group has been sustained since the military took delivery of military equipment from Russia.
Heightened counter-terrorism operation
Over 30 communities have been reclaimed so far in the volatile north-east that has been under the control of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Heightened counter-terrorism operation by the Nigerian troops in the last weekend in February yielded results, as the military reclaimed Kukawa Geri, Gujba in Yobe State.
After intense battle with the terrorist group in the area, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters twitted: “troops are dominating operations in Kukawa, Geri and Gujba in Yobe, rid of the terrorists on Sunday”.
Since the general elections was postponed in Nigeria by six weeks, the troops have maintained dominance over the Boko Haram terrorists.
According to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, security chiefs requested for the six weeks postponement to enable the military make every part of Nigeria, especially the north-east, safe and conducive for the conduct of the general elections.
On Wednesday, the military reiterated its commitment to sustaining the onslaught against the terrorist group in the nation’s north-east.