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, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.
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.