240 Boko Haram Terrorists Surrender to MNJTF

240 Boko Haram Terrorists Surrender to MNJTFA total of 240 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to the Multinational Joint Task Force, some of them with arms and ammunition.

This is according to Chief Military Public Information Officer, Colonel Muhammad Dole, in a statement made available to the media.

The recent wave of mass defection took place in Sector 2 Area of Responsibility (AOR) Bagasola in Chad.

According to the statement: “The firepower of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) ground troops and joint Air operation during the Operation GAMA AIKI forced a massive defection of remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT).

“Sustained offensive operations and blockage of logistics supply routes made the terrorists’ locations untenable; as a result, Boko Haram terrorists and their families abandoned their locations and surrendered with their arms to the nearest locations of the ground forces in the operation areas.”

Colonel Dole stated that they are being profiled and camped in Bagasola. According to him, this brings the total number of Boko Haram terrorists who have surrendered to MNJTF troops in Sector 2 to 464.

The Commander MNJTF, Major-General Lamidi Adeosun, addressed the repentant terrorists and their families during his operational visit to Sector 2 AOR.

The Commander commended the leaders of the ex-Boko Haram terrorists for their courage and taking the right decision to abandon terrorism and insurgency for normal life.

He assured them of safety and good care as long as they remain in the camps.

He also urged them to encourage their colleagues in the bush to stop fighting and join them in the camps.

“This peaceful disarming and profiling of the ex-BHT by the MNJTF forces, clearly demonstrated extent of professionalism and adherence to International Humanitarian Laws and Laws of Armed Conflict in combat operations,” he added.

The Commander of MNJTF donated cash for purchase of two cows and food stuff for each of the two groups for the welfare and upkeep of the ex-militants and their families.

While addressing a team of International Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in the camps, the Commander praised their commitment and sacrifice in discharging their humanitarian duties.

He implored them to mobilise more resources and manpower, as more terrorists are expected to defect and join their colleagues in the camps.

The ex-BHT (Boko Haram terrorists) are expected to receive training in different skills and small businesses as scheduled by government agencies and NGOs.

Nigerian Air Force Bombards Boko Haram Locations In Borno

Nigerian-Air-Force-Air-Stikes-Against-Boko-HaramThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has continued efforts to flush out remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists in the northeast, with air strikes at suspected locations of the terrorists on the outskirts of Tumbin Gini and Tumbin Kayewa Northeastern Borno State.

A statement by the Air Force on Sunday said the bombardment occurred on Friday, September 16.

“The air strikes were as a result of ground based intelligence and successive Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance reports obtained from several missions flown by NAF platforms,” the statement read.

The Air Force said it believed the terrorists were holding a high-level meeting when NAF jets hit the locations.

It stated that a post-strike battle damage assessment of the strikes revealed that the rendezvous was badly damaged with many casualties while those far from the vicinity scrambled to safety.

Weaponised Alpha Jet

The aircrafts involved in the air strikes are the NAF F-7Ni and the Alpha jets.

According to the Air Force, its air offensives have continued to deny the terrorists any hiding place and room for manoeuvre.

“This has enabled unhindered advance by the surface forces as part of the ongoing Operation GAMA AIKI,” the statement further read.

The NAF had in an earlier operation successfully conducted air strikes on Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Tumbin Rego on August 26 which led to the death of many high ranking members of the group.

The attack is coming nearly one month after the Nigerian Air Force reconfigured an alpha jet for combat role.

The Air Force stated that the achievement followed relentless efforts by the NAF Technical Response Team (TRT).

It says the latest conversion makes it the third alpha jet to be reconfigured under the leadership of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

The alpha jet has been reconfigured to carry both rockets and bombs during combat missions.

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Newly weaponised NAF alpha jet returning to land after a test-flight
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Newly weaponised NAF alpha jet ready for combat mission in Nigeria’s Northeast
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Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar inspects newly weaponised alpha jet
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Weaponised NAF alpha jet after arms delivery
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NAF alpha jet lands after a test-flight

U.S. Supports Air Force’s Medical Care To IDPs

Internally-displaced-persons-get-treatment-from-air-forceThe United States Government is partnering with the Nigerian Air Force in its medical outreach efforts for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The support was announced by the Deputy Head of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, Mary Brewer, in Maiduguri after a tour of the Air Force Hospital in Dalori camp, home to over 20,000 Internally Displaced Persons.

Brewer’s visit to Maiduguri is to obtain a firsthand assessment of facilities and usage of equipment to chart a course for new partnerships.

Addressing reporters on the support the U.S. will render, she said: “We are here on behalf of the U.S. government to witness the delivery of some medical equipment donated by some private U.S. citizens to the Nigerian Air Force and the Air Force has been using them to good effect to help the people of Dalori IDPs camp; a wonderful example of people to people diplomacy”.

It was in recognition of the humanitarian based Air Force medical outreach which has continued to gain recognition from organisations within and outside Nigeria.

Services rendered under the programme include eye surgery, antenatal and prenatal care and other general health issues prevalent among the Dalori Internally Displaced Persons camp.

The services have now been extended to the Bakassi camp in Maiduguri as well as Malkohi in neighbouring Adamawa State, according to Air Force officials.

Giving a breakdown of the services rendered by the Air Force, the Director Medical Services, Sale Shinkafi, said: “Over time the hospital has developed and now we have full services in all departments general outstation, consultation, dental care maternity and delivery services. So this U.S. NGO saw what the Nigerian Air Force is doing and they donated a 40-feet container containing medical consumables and instruments”.

One of the beneficiaries of the eye surgery picked out from the Bakassi IDP camp in Maiduguri was full of gratitude, as he spoke to reporters.

Last month, the Victims Support Fund made a cash donation of 20 million Naira to the Air Force Hospital.

The Nigerian Air Force, which took part in the widely adjudged successful operation “Crackdown” in the Sambisa forest, recently launched an air operation tagged “Operation Gama Aiki”, a Hausa parlance for concluding the work.

Air Force Launches Air Strikes In Northern Borno

Air ForceThe Nigerian Air Force has launched the second phase of its operation in the counter terrorism war with focus on the northern axis of Borno State.

The operation, tagged “Operation Gama Aiki” is to flush out insurgents from the area, notorious as a major stronghold of the outlawed group.

Air Component Commander of the mother Operation Lafiya Dole, Peter Uzezi, said that this phase of the onslaught follows a successful outing in Sambisa forest under the aegis of “Operation Crackdown” in collaboration with ground troops.

Six fighter jets have been deployed with specific instructions to the northern axis area.

Three out of the six aircrafts are Alfa jets, expected to patrol the Monguno axis and advance with ground troops towards Alagarno where operations are ongoing.

The other three are MIF7 jets heading towards Diffa general area in Niger Republic enroute Baga local government to effect logistic re-supply to troops operating in Baga and surrounding towns.

Uzezi charged the fighters to sustain coordinated airstrikes and interdiction with ground troops as well as the Multi National Joint Task Force.