A source told our reporter that the Boko Haram fighters had earlier discussed the plan to attack the three towns, but expressed grave concern about Monguno, which hosts a division of the Nigerian Army.
In January 2015, Boko Haram overran the same MNJTF base and took control of Baga town.
The Muhammadu Buhari's led administration has been accused of playing ethnicity game in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
The police had in their first reaction on Wednesday night strongly denied that the officers absconded, with their spokesperson Jimoh Moshood saying from the Force Headquarters that the 2,000 officers were still in the training centre ready for deployment against Boko Haram thugs. This is why they target military bases to get more weapons.
The plot to attack Baga was particularly reported in the news days before the insurgents struck. The Nigerian Air Force component has also been mobilised and are engaging the fleeing terrorists.
Boko Haram sacks two military bases in northeast Nigeria
Please disseminate this information to the general public through your news medium. The ISR platforms were in contact with the ground troops and assisted in directing their fire against the terrorists, while the helicopter gunships engaged the terrorists at isolated locations destroying some of their vehicles and neutralising some fighters.
The ATF also provided support for Nigerian Army (NA) and Nigerian Navy (NN) troops at the Naval Base at Doron Baga, which equally came under attack by ISWAP fighters on the morning of 27 December 2018.
The spokesman said in all, the ATF conducted 20 missions in 21 sorties with a total of about 39 hours flown on December 26 and 27 in support of operations in Baga general area. "Therefore, no one could give accurate details of the encounter yet, as the troops have been reinforced and are busy with the pursuit and mopping up operations against the terrorists", the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman has stated.
Idris described those events as "one of the worst Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria". The army can only confirm that "yes, there's been some fighting, but it has not lost control of this town of Baga", which is a fishing community.
Many residents have fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the birthplace of Boko Haram. In particular, they highlighted the attack on an army base in Metele, Borno state in which about 100 soldiers were killed.
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