Borno South Senator Ali Ndume has disclosed why Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) members assassinated Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three other troops in the state.
ISWAP members killed Zirkusu, according to Ndume, in retaliation for the assassination of their commanders by the Nigerian Army.
During a fire battle in the Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, ISWAP murdered Brig. Gen. Zirkusu and several fighters.
Reacting, Ndume said ISWAP fighters killed the Brigadier General because he was a major obstacle to their operations in the area.
Speaking with journalists yesterday, the lawmaker said the terrorists rammed Zirkusu’s vehicle with a bomb-laden car.
According to Ndume: “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.
“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.”