The Nigerian Army has reclaimed Marte in Borno State from the terrorist group, Boko Haram, two days after being ordered to do so.
Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, the army spokesperson, confirmed the development in a statement on Tuesday.
Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff, on Sunday ordered troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 9, in Dikwa, Borno State, to recapture in 48 hours areas in the state such as Kirenowa, Kirta, Chikingudu and Marte.
The statement read: “The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air Force , successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town.
“The gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area. Details soon.”
It was reported that terrorists had hoisted their flag in parts of Marte last week after repeated attacks on the community, according to military sources.
This prompted the Chief of Army Staff to issue the ultimatum to the troops.