Buratai gave the assurance on Wednesday, February 23, 2016, at a meeting with the Borno Elders Forum (BEF) in Maiduguri, ThisDay reports.

“The three things we promised you, two have been carried out. The first task is to defeat Boko Haram and I want to tell you that as at today Boko Haram has been defeated,” he said.

“When I said defeat it doesn't mean that there won't be hiccups here and there but we are doing the mop up operations. So we are at the mop up phase of the operation.

“We are also making efforts to rescue those who are being held hostage at some marked locations. We hope to rescue the Chibok girls but our target is not just limited to the Chibok girls but all the hostages,” he added.

The Chibok girls were abducted in April 2014 and most of them remain in captivity.


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