Residents of Gubio community in Borno state, North Eastern Nigeria, on Sunday commended gallant troops of the Nigerian Army who confronted heavily armed Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists who attempted to over run the community.
The troops who dealt a heavy blow on the terrorists, were hailed with sing of praises by members of the community who turned in their large number to commend the soldiers for their gallantry effort.
The residents made their feelings known when Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Umara visited the community to see things for himself.
Narrating the gallant efforts put up by the troops, residents of Gubio community told the Governor that the soldiers engaged the insurgents in a fierce gun battle for seven hours (between 6pm to 1am) before they could push them back.
During the visit to the area, Governor Umara who was accompanied by a member of the House of Representatives representing Gubio, Kaga and Magumeri federal constituency, Usman Zannah among some government officials, visited headquarters of the 5 Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
However, Prof. Babagana Umara also held a meeting with the military including the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, Col. I.A Ajose, the Brigade Commander, and the caretaker chairman of Gubio, Zannah Modu Gubio, as well as other government officials.
Caretaker chairman, Zannah Modu told the governor that were it not for the gallant resistance by soldiers of the Brigade, the insurgents could have gained control of Gubio community on the Sallah eve.
While assuring the governor of the determination of troops to engage the terrorists to submission, Theatre Commander, Maj General Akinroluyo said the Army was changing strategy, part of which including operational movement of troops from one location to another.
Responding, Governor Babagana Umara praised the troops of 5 brigade for their gallantry and patriotism.
The governor promised that, the state government will sustain its support for the military by interventions on logistics, funding of volunteers in the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes who complement the military in fighting insurgents as well as continued mobilization of citizens to cooperate and support the military.
Umara who later visited the palace of District Head of Gubio, assured the community of the military’s continued presence.
Meanwhile, the governor had used the occasion to present additional patrol vehicles to more than 300 volunteers of the Civilian JTF and vigilantes helping with community surveillance, intelligence gathering and sometimes, fighting alongside the military in front lines.