The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, has said that soldiers have killed three top commanders of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
The Army chief gave the names of those killed as Asalafin, Danladi and a bomb manufacturing expert nicknamed ‘Doctor.’
According to Ihejirika, Danladi is believed to be the vice-president of the sect while Asalafin is the minister of defence.
Ihejirika said this at the closing ceremony of a range classification exercise at the 177 Guards Battalion, Keffi, Nasarawa State, on Friday.
He said the three Boko Haram leaders were killed in a military operation at Wamakko Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where only the houses of the terror suspects were raided, and so no civilian casualties.
According to him, the wives and children of the Boko Haram leaders were in custody of the military.
“The latest as at today is the one in Sokoto, where we were able to get several of the leaders of the Boko-Haram, one of them is called Asalafin.
“He was one of those we put a price tag on, he has been taken off, followed by another leader called Danladi and the bomb-making expert nick-named doctor,” he said.
Ihejirika said the Army’s determination of the Army to put an end to incessant killings, and terminate the terror scourge in the country received a boost with the recoveries of assault weapons, rocket launchers, pistols and other bomb-making materials in Sokoto, Maiduguri and Kaduna.