Attahiru Ibrahim, the new chief of army staff (COAS), was sacked as theatre commander after flopping in the battle against Boko Haram, TheCable is reporting.
In July 2017, Tukur Buratai, the outgoing COAS gave Ibrahim 40 days to deliver Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dead or alive.
He did not deliver Shekau — dead or alive — but the country experienced increased suicide bombings and attacks on military formations.
In June, barely a month after Ibrahim took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
The month after, a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at Magumeri area of Borno state.
About 12 soldiers who escorted the academics were reportedly killed. Some members of staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the team were also killed in the brutal ambush.
Months after the army chief had ordered the capture of Shekau, the sect, using four female suicide bombers, attacked Muna Gari, a suburb of Maiduguri, killing about 14 persons.
In December 2017, six months after he was appointed, Attahiru was removed and deployed replaced by Rogers Nicholas, a major general who was formerly in charge of logistics at the army headquarters.
Ibrahim is the new chief of army staff.