The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, has given 48 hours ultimatum to the troops of the Nigerian Army to clear reported captured areas of Borno State off Boko Haram.
Marte, a local government in the troubled state, was recently reported to have been attacked and taken over by Boko Haram.
Some communities in the state including Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo, Chikingudo in Marte and Ngala Local Government Areas were reported to have a strong presence of the terrorist group.
Addressing the troops of the Nigerian Army Super Camp 9, Dikwa on Sunday, the COAS gave the order that the insurgents should be cleared from the reported areas in the next 48 hours.
He said: “Areas around Marte, Chikingudu, Wulgo, Kirenowa and Kirta must be cleared in the next 48 hours.”
The COAS, who said he had spoken with the Theater Commander and the General Officer, Commanding 7 Division, told the troops that: ”You must not let this nation down. Go back and do the needful and I will be right behind you.