Theatre commander Attahiru replaced

Army General leading Nigeria's war against Boko Haram removed

Also, his inability to capture the Boko Haram terrorists' leader, Abubakar Shekau, in spite of a 40-day ultimatum, issued in August 2017, to the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command to capture Shekau by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, which expired in September 2017.

No official reason was given for Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru's removal.

Ibrahim who took over from Maj. Gen.

The dead included soldiers and an oil exploration team.

Boko Haram attacks appear to have increased since Mr. Ibrahim assumed duties with scores of suicide bombings, mostly by teenage girls, occurring between May and December. The month after, a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at Magumeri area of Borno state.

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Series of attacks were also carried out in Adamawa State.

Ibrahim is expected to resume as Deputy Chief of Policy and Plans at the Army Headquarters. Gen. Rogers Nicholas has been named as his replacement.

The new Theater Commander was until his appointment, the Chief of Logistics at Army headquarters in Abuja.

The latter is the former Commander of the special Security Task Force (operation Safe Haven) in Jos.

Nigeria has replaced the officer leading troops fighting Boko Haram, the Army said on Thursday, after a recent surge in deadly attacks in the country's remote northeast.