Nigerians, especially the Army were shocked to receive the death of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu, who was killed by the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, during a gun battle around Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.
Undoubtedly, the death of the General is a great loss to the country and its Army Forces as stated by President Muhammadu Buhari in his condolence message.
” Nigeria has lost brave soldiers and I salute their courage.
” May their souls Rest In Peace. General Zirkusu leaves us sad and devastated. The soldier in him will remain immortal, ” President Buhari mourned.
However, the Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Ali Ndume, has revealed those that planned the elimination of the gallant Army General.
He said General Dzarma Zirkusu was a major obstacle to the operation of the terrorist group in the Northern part of the country. Therefore the criminals planned to lay an ambush with a bomb- ladened car to attack his vehicle.
According to Daily Post, Senator Ndume stated that the military is aware, so the air force was providing surveillance in the area, stressed that the attack was a revenge mission.
His words, ” They know that the general was the major obstacle to their operation. They laid an ambush and rammed a bomb- ladened car into his vehicle.
” The military is aware and the air force is providing surveillance in the area. It was a revenge mission. The army has been taking out key ISWAP commanders and they have their revenge. ”
He added that many people around the Askira area have become the victims of the terrorists’ activities, but if the Army keeps fighting, Nigeria will win the insurgency.
” Last week, for instance, they abducted relatives of the Emir of Askira. They also abducted some passengers along that road. If the Army sustains the temple, we will win this insurgency, ” he added.