The Nigerian military on Saturday, March 7, 2015 announced that it has retaken two local governments – Mafa and Marte – in Borno State form the control of insurgent group, Boko Haram.
Nigerian Army Spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman who made the announcement via a statement also availed that a large amount of arms and ammunition were also recovered from the militants.
He said: “In continuation of avowed recovery of territories held by Boko Haram insurgents, the Nigerian military have recaptured Mafa and Marte Local Governments Areas of Borno State on Wednesday and Friday respectively, Mr. Sani said. “During these operations, the gallant and courageous troops recovered a large quantity of high caliber of arms and ammunitions including anti-aircraft guns from the insurgents.
“It is significant to note that our troops did not suffer any casualty during these operations. Presently, troops are conducting cordon and search and mopping up operations in the recovered territories, while effort is ongoing to recover more grounds from the fleeing terrorists.
“With the capture of Mafa, Marte LGAs, and the Chadian troops holding fort in Dikwa, the international route from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic is now fully secured.
“With this positive development, the security of the area has significantly improved. It is hoped that international trade and socio-economic activities would be restored along this corridor.”
So far Gulak, Shikah, Fikayel, Tetebah, Buza, Kamla, Bumsa, Monguno, Marte, Gamboru Ngala, Dikwa and Baga have been recovered in the ongoing offensive against the insurgents.