The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military squad fighting insurgency in the northeast, has denied the reports claiming that 23 Nigerian soldiers are missing.
It will be recalled that there were reports over the weekend that at least 23 Nigerian soldiers are missing following an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents on a military convoy at Boboshe Village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
Major General Nicholas Rogers who made the denial earlier in Borno State, today said that there was no incident of such in Boboshe but the troops only carried out operations along Kwakwa and Bula Naglin areas, also in Borno State.
He explained that during the operation, some of their vehicles were bugged down due to bad roads, during which the insurgents came on two occasions to attack but were repelled by the joint efforts of the Nigerian Air Force and Army troops.
He also disclosed further that one officer and a soldier were injured, with over 22 Boko Haram members killed during the incident, while some of the bugged down vehicles have been recovered and more troops deployed to the area.
Channels Television also contacted the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Texas Chukwu, who promised to release a formal statement on the matter.