Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor on Thursday visited the troops of the Joint Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK).
Irabor commended their gallantry and charged them to eliminate remaining insurgents terrorising the Northeast region.
The military chief addressed the soldiers at the Theatre Command, Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State.
“Ensure that the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists are smoked out from their hideouts,” he said.
The CDS observed there were remnants of terror groups hibernating within Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region.
Irabor said a huge progress is being made in joint military operations to restore peace in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Meanwhile, troops of 222 Battalion successfully repelled an onslaught by ISWAP fighters in Ajiri village of Mafa Local Government Area.
The attack led by Abou Muhammed followed the killing of 41 terrorists and a commander, Abu Zahra, after government forces raided enclaves in Mukdolo and Bone, under Dikwa LGA, on March 26.