A member of Nigerian Army’s anti-terrorist Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and a stronghold of the militant Boko Haram sect, was killed yesterday in an encounter with members of the extremist Islamist group.
The deceased officer, identified as Lieutenant Haggai Bitrus, died when the Islamist sect launched a surprise attack on JTF operatives. The late lieutenant was described as an indigene of Plateau State.
According to a military officer who spoke to SaharaReporters on the condition of anonymity, “There are so many things happening now that Nigerians are not being told. We have lost yet another officer in the person of Lieutenant Haggai Bitrus to these Boko Haram elements. His parents have been informed. The situation is bad. Just last week we lost some soldiers too.”
The military officer noted that while the JTF was carrying out serious operations against Boko Haram targets, the group has remained resilient and was carrying out sporadic guerrilla-style assaults on the security operatives as well.
Meanwhile, the Defense Headquarters has not issued a statement on the circumstances that led to the killing of the army officer.