Military sources said the declaration and notification were contained in a November 20 notice sent by M. Jimoh, the new commander of the Nigerian Army 145 Task Force Battalion in Damasak, Borno State.
Also copied were 5 Battalion in Kano; 20 Battalion in Serti, Taraba State; 103 Battalion in Enugu and 119 Battalion in Malam Fatori, Borno State.
Also in receipt of the signal were 143 Infantry Battalion for special forces in Borno State; 144 Battalion in Asa, Abia State; and 146 Battalion in Calabar.
Each of the battalions copied in the signal had soldiers that were part of those missing.
Mr. Jimoh recently replaced K. Yusuf, a lieutenant colonel who is identified as the commander of the 145 Task Force Battalion and believed to be among the missing soldiers.
Sadly, some of the soldiers are believed to have drowned in River Yobe during Boko Haram attack.