The fight against the dreaded Boko Haram receievd a boost as Military announced the death of one of the top Commanders of the group, Abu Usamah,in Borno State.
Usamah was killed in Gorgi, Damboa Local Government Area of the State by the troop of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
The Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, made this known to newsmen that Usamah died of gunshot injuries, having sustained gunshot wounds during the encounter with troops.
The statement made available by The Nation reads:, “it would be recalled that on 22 March 2020, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, while conducting a Special clearance operation in a subsidiary Operation called Operation AYISO TAMONUMA, decimated some key Boko Haram elements in an encounter at Gorgi in Damboa LGA of Borno State.
“In our earlier Press Briefing, we reported over 100 Boko Haram insurgents neutralized while scores of them escaped with gunshot wounds. This was in addition to several equipment casualty suffered by the Boko Haram insurgents.
“As an update to that report, it is gratifying to note that, own communication intercept confirmed by accurate intelligence revealed that a top Boko Haram Commander, ABU USAMAH was among those Boko Haram insurgents killed during that encounter.
“He had earlier sustained fatal gunshot wounds in the firefight that ensued during the encounter before his foot soldiers hurriedly evacuated him and withdrew. Nevertheless, Abu Usamah died in the process.
“His death has no doubt created a consequential vacuum in the Boko Haram leadership particularly as the gallant troops remain resilient and continue to rout the criminal elements from their last enclaves in the North East”