A military spokesman confirmed the replacement of Ibrahim Attahiru, theatre commander of the operation against Boko Haram, in a text message to Reuters.
Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Olatokunbo Adesanya, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said the suspected terrorists were hit while gathering in a building at Bogumeri.
In June, barely a month after Ibrahim took over, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
The statent reads: "Troops of 202 Battalion, Sector 1, Operation LAFIYA DOLE at the early hours of Monday 4th December 2017, sprang an ambush on unsuspecting Boko Haram terrorists along Sabsawa axis".
TheCable understands that Ibrahim has been replaced by Major General Rogers Nicholas who was formerly in charge of logistics at the army headquarters.
The statement reads: "Troops of Sector I, Operation Lafiya Dole, deployed at Miyanti, while on fighting patrol along Miyanti-Darel Jamel, encountered Boko Haram terrorists on Monday".
It was learnt that Ibrahim has been redeployed to the army headquarters, Abuja.
Recall that Major General Lucky Irabor is now the Force Commander of the Multi-national Joint Taskforce fighting to clear Boko Haram, cross border bandits and other criminal elements in the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries.
Among the perceived shortcomings of the outgoing commander was his inability to capture the Boko Haram terrorists' leader, Abubakar Shekau.
The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) yesterday said it bombed Boko Haram targets in the Northeast, killing many insurgents through air strikes.
The attacks, which occurred during Attahiru's command, include the kidnapping of members of an oil prospecting team which led to at least 37 people being killed in July, and deadly assaults on the towns of Magumeri, Biu and Madagali, the sources said.