Boko Haram war: Army removes commander

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Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim as the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, the code name for Nigeria's military special operation against the Boko Haram insurgent group in North East Nigeria.

Brig. -Gen. Sani Kukasheka, the Director, Army Public Relations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

Usman said: "It is true that a new commander has been appointed for Operation Lafiya Dole". -Gen. Rogers Nicholas, military sources said yesterday.

Recall that Major General Lucky Irabor is now the Force Commander of the Multi-national Joint Taskforce fighting to clear Boko Haram, cross border bandits and other criminal elements in the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries.

Nicholas is taking over from Major General Ibrahim Attahiru who is redeployed to Army headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans.

Also media analysts, who view the transfer in the light of his performance in the theatre command told journalists that, his predecessor, Major General Lucky Irabor has left a big shoe that would take an extra effort by any General posted to carry.

Operation Lafiya Dole is at the head of the war against the Boko Haram insurgency.

Military sources disclosed that prior to his redeployment, the new Theatre Commander, the Chief of Logistics at Army Headquarters, in Abuja.