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Nigerian Army Troops kills over 1015 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists in North East

Nigerian Army Troops kills over 1015 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists in North East

The Nigerian Army has killed over 1,015 Boko Haram terrorists’ during the counter-insurgency operations in Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region within two months.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, who disclosed this on Sunday when he hosted the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to Eid-El-Fitr luncheon at Military Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa and made available to Newsmen in Maiduguri.

Buratai said that the insurgents were nutrialised since his arrival in the Theatre on the 4th of May 2020 to lead the operation under Operation KANTANA JIMLAN within the period under review.

He said that some of the notable encounters since the commencement of the Operation include: that of Buni Gari, Gaidam, Minok, Dapchi, Baga, Dikwa, Awulari, Ajiri, Pulka, Ngoshe, Alafa and in other different parts of Sambisa Forest, Ngorshe as well as Gajiganna.

Nigerian Army Troops kills over 1015 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists in North East

He explained that the Artillery airstrike and blockage operation conducted by troops at the Tumbuktu Triangles has been greatly successful.

He said that the troops succeeded in dislodging major camps of the terrorists at Mungusum, Gajirin, Talala, Buk, and Malumti among others. According to him

“Hundreds of terrorist fighters have been neutralized in these camps as confirmed by some of the terrorists who defected.

“Many more have been injured and are hiding in the forest with serious wounds.

“This explains why the terrorists have resulted to desperate attacks on towns and villages such as seen in their attack on Babangida and Dapchi searching for food, medical supplies and other necessities to feed and treat their injured colleagues, who are dying like foul in the forest.

“Overall, since my arrival here in the Northeast on the 4th of April this year, you gallant troops of operation Lafiya Dole have nutrialised over 1,015 Boko Haram terrorists.

Nigerian Army Troops kills over 1015 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists in North East

“Also, you have impressively maintain the blockage of Boko Haram logistics supply chains and freedom of movement within the Tumbuktu Triangles.

“In a like manner, the Nigerian army intelligence corps has impressively been rejiged and its operations has greatly improved.

The Chief of Military Intelligence Team, through covert Operations have arrested 84 Boko Haram/ISWAP logistics suppliers, informants and curriers.

According to him, this has greatly disrupted their logistics supply chain and communication network, thereby tightening the blockage around them.

Gen Buratai also appreciates the troops, the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Airforce as well as personnel of the Nigerian Police Force, State Security Services, Nigeria Security and civil Defense Corps, Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilantes for their courage and supports in the war against terrorism.

He urged troops to remain disciplined, committed and unwavering in order to end the terrorism soon.

Gen Buratai also enjoins troops never to be weakened or distracted by negative publicity in their noble efforts to end the insurgency in Nigeria.

He further reminded the troops that since his relocation to the theatre on the 4th of April 2020, it is an open fact that remarkable successes/achievements have been recorded across the operational arena.

“Let me recall my earlier statement to some of you when I relocated to the Theatre on the 4th of May 2020 that I will not leave here until substantial progress has been made”.

“The fact that terrorists are substantially degraded or eliminated really justified my earlier assertion. You must therefore remain steadfast and highly committed to bring terrorism to an end very soon”.

The COAS said it is also on record that some of our personnel have sustained various degrees of injuries casualties while others have paid the ultimate sacrifice while executing the operations.

“We pray for the departed souls of our patriotic colleagues even as we continue to look after injured ones in the best available standard,” he said.

He charged the troops to collectively match ahead without fear, put ahead without hesitation, strike ahead without holding back to end the war and secure the country once and for all.

“Like all other sectors in the country, the Nigerian army has its own share of some Challenges. This inadequacies in recent times has further been compounded by the global lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, which to some extent delayed the arrival and delivery of some of our much needed military equipment.

“However, our foresight as exemplified in the investment in the local production of the Ezegwu, Conquerer and the Champion mine resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, alongside other notable efforts like the inhouse retrofitting of some of our old equipment by the Command Engineering Depot, the Special Vehicle Plant and the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria, have assisted in sustaining our operations thus far.

“We have also embarked on special recruitment and sub commissioning exercise to carter for our manpower challenges.

Nigerian Army Troops kills over 1015 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists in North East

“We are restructuring our forces to enable them fight better within the dictates of the new assymetric warfare we are encountering today.

“In this regards, in the four Special Forces Command, we have trained Special Brigades and Special Forces Battalions, which have been established. Two of these battalions recently completed the Special Forces training and have been inducted into this Theatre.

“It is expected that the effects of their specialised training and modes of operations would be felt across the Theatre in the days to come.

“Therefore, what remained are our collective efforts as a nation and as officers and men to make good use of these platforms to end insurgency and other forms of criminalities across the country.

“The Nigerian army on its part remained focused in dealing with the insurgency and other forms of criminalities in the country and will not allow itself to be distracted by unpatriotic elements in the society.

Buratai lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, Governors of Yobe and Borno states as well as the people of Northeast for their unflinching support to the Nigerian army.

“I commend the support and sacrifices of each and every one of us, especially those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. I charged you all never to allow the sacrifices of our fallen heroes to be in vain,” said Buratai.

In his remarks, Gov. Babagana Zulum, acknowledged the tremendous successes recorded by the Nigerian Military since the relocation of Gen Buratai in the last two months and prayed to God to give the troops more strength, wisdom, courage long life and the will to end the insurgency.

Zulum, who described the Eid-El-Fitr celebration as month of devotion, sacrifice and spiritual rejuvenation, noted that lessons learnt from fasting include: patience, persevearance, devotion, sacrifice and resilience.

“I want to express our appreciation to those that are here and to the COAS, and other high ranking military officers for the enormous support that you have been rendering towards protecting lives and properties of the displaced communities of Borno state.

The governor noted that security architecture has to be motivated for greater efficiency and productivity, and pledged his administration’s commitment towards supporting the military to succeed in the counter terrorism campaign

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