Victor Ezugwu, the acting general officer commanding division seven of the Nigeria army, escaped a Boko Haram ambush on Tuesday, Sani Usman, army spokesman, has said.
However, three soldiers were not so fortunate, as one died and two others were injured in the ambush.
“The leading elements of the acting general officer commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu’s leading convoy was about 8.30am this morning ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists en route to visit troops in Bama,” Usman disclosed in a statement.
“Although one soldier lost his live and two others were injured, they were able to clear the ambush, killing some of the terrorists and recovered vehicle and weapons from them. The recovered items include a Toyota Hilux vehicle, 2 AK-47 rifles and several ammunition.
“The acting GOC has continued his operational visit to Bama, while the body of the late soldier and the wounded have been evacuated to Maiduguri. The chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has also spoken with the GOC.
“The Nigeria army wishes to reiterate its unalloyed commitment and determination to continue to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding.”
The development comes a day after troops engaged the insurgents in a fierce battle in Kareto, northern Borno state.
BBC subsequently reported that the insurgents had inflicted heavy casualties on the troops, but the army would release a statement claiming its men had repelled the insurgents.