The Nigerian Army said on Saturday that Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai was never injured by Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush as being speculated in some media reports.
It noted that Lt. General Buratai is hale and hearty.
Rather the Army said over 60 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have either been killed or captured by gallant troops in ambush operations in the North East in the last three days.
A statement in this regard by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman said, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to an online publication circulating mostly on the Social Media that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has been wounded in an alleged ambush by Boko Haram terrorists at an unnamed location in the North East while on his way to pay troops courtesy.
“This is not true. The Chief of Army Staff has not been involved in any ambush”.
“In any case, there was no any recently reported ambush against any of our troops anywhere let alone in the North East.
“The public should disregard the ambush story as it is fake.
“Nothing has happened to the Chief of Army Staff, he is hale and hearty and conducting his official duties diligently.
“The gallant troops are currently dealing decisive blows on the Boko Haram Terrorists in the Lake Chad area.
“Over 60 of the terrorists have either been captured or neutralized in the last 3 days.
“The Nigerian Army is also closing up with the political Boko Haram terrorists and their collaborators.
“They will soon be exposed and the law will take its course against them.
“We wish to use this opportunity to thank the teeming Nigerians that called and showed concern over this unfortunate fake news.
“We wish to assure you that no amount of mischief or campaign of calumny under any guise will distract the Chief of Army Staff from his determined efforts of leading a responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its Constitutional roles.”
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations