Nigerians on social media have reacted after Boko Haram terrorists reportedly captured Marte, the headquarters of Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.
Akelicious had reported that the insurgents stormed the Marte military base, 153 Task Force Battalion, shooting sporadically and in the process razed “everything”.
A military source was quoted as saying on Monday: “The insurgents seem not to have intended harming any civilian, but only to capture the town; so they stormed the military base, taking troops there unawares at about 6pm (Sunday) much less than an hour to breakfast time”.
“We engaged them in a fierce encounter for about an hour. Initially, we were about getting victorious over them, but they overpowered us, and all troops in the burning base were set asunder, with all of us fleeing in all directions in the bush.
“I can tell you that we were about defeating them; but God knows the tactics they later deployed and the defeat turned against us; we all fled; they are in control of the town now.”
These developments generated some comments on Twitter, and the reactions are presented by Akelicious below:
@olabodesegun201, “And chief of staff said they have defeated bokoharam, I weep for Nigeria.”
@ChinonsoFriday5, “I thought they’ve been defeated. There was a country.”
@PrinceO66442130,”Hmmmmmmm, where is the chief of Army Staff who said that boko haram has been deeated? God save your helpless children.”
@sf_adebayo, “Technically Defeated”.
@joachim_Okhai, “Buratai shame on you for.deceiving Nigerians.
@PrincessOyefus1, “And the chief of army staff said they have defeated Boko-haram!
@EKENSAZUBUIKE, “45 minutes ago, the news was that Boko Haram Captures Borno Town, Troops Runs For Safety. Members of the Islamist terror group, Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly captured Marte, the headquarters of Marte Local Government Area of Borno”.
@D_ameh, “Can this be real; after the “Heroic defeat of Boko haram”?
@IEKULIDE, “na wa ooooh, where is buratai, kingibe ,mongonuo and magu, they should return to their state to deal with this menace. where is modu sherriff, nudume. hope not in abuja too?
@cwjroberts, “Another tactical victory for BH. How does this keep happening? Doesn’t the Nigerian Army do after action reports or at least watch the videos put out by ISWAP/BH that shows their tactics? Recce, situational awareness, good defensive positions, leadership…it’s not about weapons.”
@cwjroberts, “Part of the BH/ISWAP resurgence over the last two years has been the redeployment of LRC security forces from the Far North to the SW/NW. There were on the rocks in 2016.”
@CyrilifadaO, “Se bi Chief of Army Staff said BH has been defeated and never to come back again? E be like say lie lie M don shake hand with Buratai.”