Soldiers’ killings: Buhari summons service chiefs, sends Dan-Ali to Chad


 The alleged killing of 44 Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents has raised concerns in the Presidency, resulting in President Muhammadu Buhari sending the Minister of Defence, Brig.Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali, to neighbouring Chad Republic.



Findings indicated that Dan-Ali got a presidential mandate to meet with the President of Chad, Idris Deby, and the neighbouring country’s top military hierarchy to review the deteriorating security situation along the Chad-Niger-Nigeria borderline.



Boko Haram attacks have witnessed a resurgence lately along the common borders, with Nigeria said to have paid a costly price with the lives of the 44 soldiers and many villagers between Sunday and last Monday.



The soldiers were killed in Metele, a village along the Nigerian border with Niger Republic.



A military source quoted by APF, had disclosed that the soldiers were completely taken unawares and killed.



The insurgents were said to have arrived in the Borno State village in 20 trucks before launching the deadly attacks.



“Our troops were completely routed and the terrorists captured the base after heavy fighting”, the military source further stated.



Our correspondent gathered on Friday that after a review of the security situation by the Nigerian authorities, the main cause of the problem was traced to the weakening Multi-National Joint Task Force put in place by the countries to patrol the borders.



However, Chad reportedly withdrew its own men from the force, leaving its flanks on the borders open for the insurgents to launch attacks freely lately into other countries.



The source added, “That lacuna is being exploited by the Boko Haram terrorists, who go in and out of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon to launch attacks.



“This is a clear illustration of the fact that terrorism is beyond national borders.”



When contacted for comments on Friday, the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, confirmed that Dan-Ali indeed travelled to Chad.



However, he claimed not to know the purpose of the minister’s trip to the neighbouring country.



Also, our corresponden
reliably gathered Buhari also summoned Service Chiefs to a meeting over the latest killings by Boko Haram.



Findings further showed that the Federal Government was contacting the families of all identified victims before making a formal pronouncement on the killings.
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