Nigeria Army, Boko Haram clash during election in Yobe
London, Feb. 24, 2019 (AltAfrica)- The Nigerian Army on Saturday confirmed an attack on a military outpost by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Geidam area of Yobe State during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
However, the army said there was no casualty, adding that the development did not affect the polls in the area.
In a statement, the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, who insisted Boko Haram did not attack Maiduguri, said a large number of voters in Geidam “turned out to cast their votes without any hindrance”.
Musa said, “There is no report of attack on Maiduguri or its neighbouring communities.
“The gunfire was not targeted at the public but was for security calculations.”
He added, “Similarly, a futile attack on a security outpost in Geidam general area in Yobe State has been recorded. We don’t have any casualty.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force says the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed an Islamic State in West Africa Province terrorists’ camp at Zanari, Borno State.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, stated that air strikes were carried out following intelligence reports that the terrorists were using the settlement as a staging area to launch attacks against the army.
Daramola said, “A NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform conducted a surveillance over the area and observed a considerable terrorist activities in the settlement.
“It therefore called for the scrambling of two Alpha Jets to attack the camp in successive strikes resulting in the destruction of several structures as well as the neutralisation of the ISWAP occupants.”