The Nigerian Army soldiers have recaptured Marte town in Borno state from Boko Haram fighters. The victory came after a 48-hour ultimatum given to the soldiers by the Chief of Army Staff, General Attahiru Ibrahim.
Mr. Ibrahim, a major-general, had on Sunday, February 20, give the frontline soldiers an ultimatum to recapture Marte town and other adjoining villages under the control of the terrorists. The villages under the terrorists control were; Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo and Ngala Local Government Area of the state.
According to the Army spokesman, Mohammed Yerima, soldiers reclaimed the territories of Marte after a fierce gun battle in the noon of today, February 23 from the insurgents who took over the town last week.
He said that soldiers of “Operation Lafiya Dole” killed several Boko Haram terrorists during the gunfight that ensued, after they detonating several Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by the terrorists along the routes leading to the town.
“Nigerian Troops have successfully charged through Marte, killing scores of ISWAP/ Boko Haram Terrorists who laid siege in that area for some days.”
The statement said that the military took over the general area of the town after troops successfully detonated a series of IEDs planted along the route.
“New Marte effectively in our hands since 3pm. Our will and determination are unshaken. We are ever determined not to let our service chiefs and the nation down.”