Amidst rumours that the Boko Haram insurgency had overrun and taken control of Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar local government area of Borno state, the Nigerian army has said that the town is in total control of their troops.
The army announced this is a release on Thursday through it’s director of public relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima who noted that the information circulating in the media about taken over of the town by insurgents was a blatant misinformation.
Confirming yesterday’s attack by insurgency, Yerima said troops on ground have been effectively repelling the frequent attacks.
This paper has reported on Wednesday how insurgents attacked Damasak, which is the sixth within two weeks in the town.
The frequent attacks in Damasak has risen high concern among people as the insurgents were seen moving freely in the town in a video that went viral on social media. It also displaced and forced some residents of Damasak to flee the town.
However, Nigerian army have also released a 46 minutes video clip showing Commander of 5 Brigade, Brig Gen SS Tilawan, driving round the town, meeting with people in the community after the attack by the terrorists on Wednesday.
”The Nigerian Army wishes to assure residents of Damasak and adjoining communities to remain calm as mop operation by the troops are ongoing to flush out the remnant of the terrorists who attacked a section of the town,” Gen. Tilawan said.