The Nigerian army has recaptured Marte, an area in Borno state, from the hold of suspected members of the Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP).
This was made known by a statement signed by the Army spokesperson, Mohammed Yerima, on Tuesday.
This development is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.
The army chief had also assured the soldiers that the necessary provisions would be made for all they needed to ensure satisfactory performance on the field.
Earlier in the week, about 100 villagers in Marte were being held by ISWAP members and are reportedly being used as human shields against military offensives.
The statement read, “Troops of Nigerian Army troops this afternoon, around 3 pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the devilish Boko Haram terrorists.
“This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.
“The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force, successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town.
“The gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area.”