President Muhammadu Buhari has sent Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, for an emergency meeting with Chadian President Idris Deby, following the recent attacks on Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram.
Dan-Ali had on Thursday briefed Buhari on the security situation across the country, especially on the Nigeria-Chad border where an attack on the 157 task force battalion of the Nigerian army in Metele, Borno, left scores of soldiers dead while some are still missing.
The incident, that reportedly left over 100 soldiers dead, occurred barely three weeks after a similar attack took place at a military base in Kukawa, Borno.
The Nigerian defence minister is also expected to meet with his Chadian counterpart to identify what led to the recent increase in Boko Haram terrorism in the area.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a faction of the Boko Haram insurgent group, has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks.
According to Reuters News Agency, the group said its attacks in the past week left 118 persons dead.
“The insurgents took us unawares. The base was burned with arms and we lost about 100 soldiers. It is a huge loss,” Reuters quoted a military source to have said.
“We all flew because we didn’t know where the bullets were coming from. They killed some of us who went to evacuate the bodies of the killed soldiers.”
“We left our amour, tanks and weapons. They were all there. The village is still under their control.”