Nigerian troops are forcing Boko Haram terrorists out of Gaborou Ngala which they had attacked on Sunday. The military has also explained why some troops were found in Cameroun.
The troops and some terrorists clashed at the border town of Gaborou Ngala on Sunday that forced some inhabitants of the town to flee to Cameroun.
Yesterday, the Defence Headquarters on its blog disclosed that its troops were already after the terrorists with a view to restoring peace and normalcy.
“Troops are repelling a group of terrorists who are trying to enter the country through Gamborou Ngala. A group of them who fizzled into the town are being pursued,” it said.
The Defence Headquarters also explained the circumstance that led to some troops entering Cameroun: “The Nigerian troops that were found in Cameroun was as a result of a sustained battle between the troops and the terrorists around the borders with Cameroun which saw the Nigerian troops charging through the borders in a tactical manoeuvre.
“Eventually, they found themselves on Cameroonian soil. Being allies, the normal protocol of managing such incident demanded that the troops submit their weapons in order to assure the friendly country that they were not on a hostile mission.”
The DHQ also disclosed that the affected troops had regained their freedom and were on their way back to the country.
“Following necessary discussions between Nigeria and Cameroun military authorities, the issues have been sorted out. Subsequently, the troops are on their way back to join their unit in Nigeria.
“The reference to the incident as a defection is therefore not appropriate, considering the discussion between the countries’ military leadership and the series of contacts with the soldiers who have confirmed that they are safe.”
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