Abuja — The Theatre Command "Operation LAFIYA DOLE" has described as false, a report by an online medium alleging that Boko Haram terrorists had taken over four towns in Adamawa State.
The command's deputy director of Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said that contrary to the online medium's claims, calm had been restored in Shuwa village, while Madagali, Michika, Gulak and Baza towns remain peaceful and firmly under the control of Nigerian troops.
Nwachukwu explained that the troops were alerted to an attack on Shuwa by the terrorists who had infiltrated the village through Karchinga on a looting mission.
He disclosed that troops of 143 Battalion swiftly responded by moblising to Shuwa village where they fiercely engaged the insurgents and repelled the attack and curtailed their incursion.
According to him, the troops recovered one hand grenade and six rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition after the encounter, adding that they are currently holding grounds in Shuwa village.
Nwachukwu explained that some elements of the battalion are exploiting further in pursuit of the fleeing insurgents, but regretted that before the arrival of troops to the location, the insurgents had killed three persons, looted and touched a shop, a healthcare centre and a local market.
The command therefore sympathised with the families of those who died during the attack and those who have been affected by the incident.
He urged the online medium behind the report to desist from its alarming and sensational reportage to avoid panic.
Mwachukwu said: "The Theatre Command attention has been drawn to a misleading news story on Sahara Reporters website, posted on 4th February 2019, alleging that Boko Haram terrorists have taken over four towns in Adamawa State. This is not true
"Categorically, no town in Adamawa, Borno or Yobe States is under the control of the insurgents. Unfortunately, the alarming publication has generated undue panic amongst the general public and therefore needs to be addressed," he said