By Adetokunbo Fakeye
Nigeria - The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Operation HADIN KAI, Major General Waidi Shaibu has commended the efforts of the troops in thwarting a midnight attack by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists on Mafa town in the early hours of Sunday 19th March 2023.
General Shaibu, who made the commendation during his operational visit to 112 Task Force Battalion, Mafa on Tuesday, 21st March 2023 applauded the tenacity and fierce fighting spirit of the troops during the encounter, describing their tenacity as one of the hallmarks of soldiering.
He lauded the concerted efforts of the troops in not only defending MAFA town but for successfully neutralizing scores of the attackers in collaboration with fighter aircrafts Air Component Operation HADIN KAI causing hasty retreat of any surviving terrorists.
The GOC thereafter used the operational visit to charged all troops 7 Division/Sector 1 Operation HADIN KAI to remain resilient and remain alert to deal decisively with the remnants of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists within Area of Operations.
General Shaibu thereafter extended the commendation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, to the troops, for their conduct in foiling the attack on Mafa town. He further emphasized the COAS' directives for troops to go after the remnants terrorists not leaving out their hideouts and enclaves.
He equally admonished the troops to remain courageous, disciplined, vigilant and professional, urging them to eschew all acts inimical to the actualization of set operational objectives.