A faction of Boko Haram backed by the Islamic State (IS), the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has released photographs of terrorists observing Eid-el-Fitr prayers at different locations in Nigeria territory.
The insurgents formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād were seen in photographs obtained by SaharaReporters in about four groups praying together in open fields.
Boko Haram terrorists have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria.
The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses.
In the past months, the insurgents have targeted soldiers who lay ambush on their path.
Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2021.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has reportedly recalled all its officers currently on study leave in civil institutions across the country.
A leaked memo by the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Department of Army Training, Abuja, dated May 11, said that the decision was taken to tackle the intensified insurgency in the North.
The memo was signed by Brigadier General I. A Ajose on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, and titled, ‘Exemption of Ex Boys (NMS) from Personnel Affected by Directive on Suspension of NA Sponsorship to Civil Institutions.’
The memo was referenced AHQ DA/G7/230/164 and addressed to the Ministry of Defence, Office of the National Security Adviser, Defence Headquarters, and Nigerian Defence Academy.
The other army formations the memo was sent to are: National Defence College, Abuja; Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State; Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Lagos; Defence Intelligence Agency, Abuja; Defence Space Administration; Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria; and the headquarters of the Training and Doctrine Command.