The Nigerian Army has declared that it never lost control of Baga town in northern Borno, as against reports that Boko Haram insurgents overran the area.
Maj. Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations made the clarifications in Maiduguri while fielding questions shortly after unveiling new military operations in the northeast.
He spoke on behalf of Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff.
Adeosun said that the gallant troops successfully repelled the insurgents’ attack and secured Baga and its environs.
According to him, the insurgents had on Wednesday unleashed a coordinated attack on a military base in the town but the gallant troops repelled and pursued the insurgents.
“We have taken control of Baga. I am talking about the position of Baga as at yesterday when we stabilised the situation.
“Baga is not in the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents; I repeat Baga is not in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists, they contested and lost.”