Army Releases 983 Suspects Cleared Of Alleged Links With Boko Haram

A photo combination of repentant Boko Haram suspects and logo of the Nigerian Army.


The Nigerian Army has released 983 suspects cleared of alleged links with Boko Haram terrorists.

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniy, handed over the detainees to the Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara-Zulum in a ceremony in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

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Adeniyi said the release is sequel to months of investigation in which the over  900 out of those detained at the military detention centre were found to be innocent.

Governor Zulum in response applauded the military for the release and assured that all is set to receive rehabilitation of the former detainees before reuniting them with their families.

The The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently published that 22,000 persons have disappeared since 2009 with their whereabouts unaccounted for in crisis ravaged north east Nigeria.

According to ICRC the figure of the missing persons is the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country.

The Red Cross said that some families were often separated while fleeing attacks, while others have had loved ones abducted or detained and do not know their whereabouts.

Some of the missing persons are believed to be in the custody of the Nigeria Army, following raids over suspicion of allegiance to Boko Haram.

NAF Kills ISWAP Leaders, Destroys Meeting Venue In Borno


The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) leaders and destroyed their meeting venue at Jubillaram in the Northern part of Borno State.

The airforce spokesperson Air commodore Ibikunle Daramola in a press release said the operation was executed on Tuesday, sequel to intelligence reports indicating that some top ISWAP leaders had assembled for a meeting at a compound within the settlement, which they also used to store some of their logistics supplies.

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He added that the air task force dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform as well as fighter jets to attack the location.

“Several terrorists were observed around some buildings in the middle of the settlement and were neutralized in successive strikes by the attack aircraft as they attempted to flee the location.”

He also said that the airstrikes also led to the destruction of some terrorists’ structures, including one of their logistics stores, which was seen, engulfed in flames.

NAF Fighter Jets Kill Terrorists, Destroy Hideouts In Borno


The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed a Boko Haram terrorist hideout and killed some fighters at Alafa on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibukunle Daramola, confirmed this in on Friday.

According to him, the success was recorded in line with the military’s efforts to wipe out the remnants of the insurgents from the North-east.

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The NAF spokesman explained that the airstrike was conducted on Thursday following Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions that revealed the presence of the terrorists, along with their logistics supplies and equipment, in a group of structures within the settlement.

He added that the ATF dispatched two Alpha Jets to attack the location, scoring accurate hits in the target area, which led to the destruction of some of the structures and equipment as well as the killing of several terrorists.

Operation Lafiya Dole Gets New Air Task Force Commander

A file photo of NAF personnel during training.



The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has redeployed Air Commodore Precious Amadi as the new Commander of Air Task Force (ATF), Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

He explained that the posting was part of the redeployment of senior officers, in line with a routine exercise aimed at ensuring operational efficiency and effectiveness in the force.

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Amadi replaces Air Vice Marshal (AVM) James Gwani, who has been moved to the Special Operations Command (SOC), Bauchi as Air Officer Commanding (AOC).

Also affected by the exercise is former AOC SOC, AVM Napoleon Bali, who is now the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), as well as AVM Paul Dimfwina who is now the Chief of Communication Information Systems (CCIS) at the NAF Headquarters in Abuja.

AVM Charles Ohwo has also been appointed as AOC Tactical Air Command (TAC), Makurdi, and AVM John Baba as Chairman Air Expo and International Liaison Secretariat (CAILS).

Others are AVM Idi Lubo as Director of Operations HQ NAF, AVM Christopher Umolu as Coordinator Project Implementation and Monitoring Team (PIMT) HQ NAF, and AVM Maxwell Nnaji as Director of Safety Manual, Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

Daramola said all appointments take effect from Friday, 19 July 2019.

Army To Court-Martial 21 Soldiers Of Operation Lafiya Dole


The Nigerian Army has revealed that 21 erring soldiers will be tried and prosecuted by the General Court Martial.

According to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, their offences are related to administrative or operational in nature.

Akinroluyo while inaugurating the GCM, charged the President, Brigadier General Abdullahi Ibrahim, and members of his team to discharge their duties professionally and ensure that justice is served.

“Military as an institution is known with the maintenance of discipline in its way of doing things. The Operational Efficacy of the military is better retained when the ethics and customs aim at enhancing discipline are encouraged.”

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The Army General stated that the action is to ensure that discipline is maintained at all times within the theatre.

“There are 21 accused that are supposed to go for the trial, the details are best known to the prosecution and defence counsel.

“Offences are either administrative or operational in matter, and the details are known to them. It is aimed at enhancing discipline within the theatre.”

Troops Discover New Boko Haram Camps, Rescue 42 Women, 51 Children

Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have discovered new camps used by Boko Haram terrorists and rescued women and children in Kobe and Boboshe villages in Borno State.

The camps were destroyed and one Boko Haram suspect was killed in the process.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Acting  Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa.

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The new camps were discovered during the clearance operations of the troop within Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole.

“The troops discovered newly established camps at Dubula village with some bicycles and motorcycle tracks. The camp was destroyed and one of the terrorists was neutralised while trying to escape.

“The following items were recovered: Two terrorists’ flags, two copies of the Quran, One Generator Set and two bicycles. Additionally, 13 women and 26 children were rescued during the operation,” Musa said.

24 out of the children rescued were administered with polio vaccines by Nigerian Army Regimental Medical Officers in line with the Chief of Army Staff directive on the collaboration between the Nigerian Army and National Primary Health Care Development Agency to reach out to areas not captured in the polio vaccination exercise.

Also, the Acting Commanding Officer of 202 Battalion in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, vigilante and hunters group conducted a clearance operation to Tafana 1 and Tafana 2 villages.

“The troops came in contact with some terrorists who fled their camps on sighting the approach of the ferocious troops in Mines Resistance Anti Patrol vehicles. Troops also neutralised the fleeing terrorists. During the operation, 2 men, 29 women and 25 children were also rescued.

“Other items recovered include two boxes filled with Quraan, two terrorists’ flags, five bicycles,  five SIM cards of different networks and assorted clothing materials.”

The army spokesperson added that in all the operations and victims so far rescued, it was observed that with the coming of the rainy season, farmers are preparing for the farming season, while the terrorists are also using women and children as farm slaves (labourers) in their farmlands to meet up with daily feeding challenges.

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has, therefore, urged the troops to upscale their patriotism and continue to dominate the battlespace with aggressive clearance operations from all flanks to ensure the looming defeat of terrorists of whatever shades in North East Zone.

Air Forces Destroy Terrorists’ Hideout, Logistics Facilities In Borno


The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has launched an attack on members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters on the fringes of Lake Chad.

A statement by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, on Wednesday said troops destroyed terrorists’ structures and logistics facilities at Tumbun Kaiyowa in Northern part of Borno State.

He saidthe attack was successful following confirmation by a NAF platform which showed activities of insurgents under dense vegetation within the location.

“The sustained air offensive against remnants of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters on the fringes of Lake Chad has yielded additional results as the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, today, 5 June 2019, destroyed terrorists’ structures and logistics facilities at Tumbun Kaiyowa in Northern Borno State,” the statement said.

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Daramola explained that the operation was executed following confirmation by a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform that some terrorists were harboured, along with their logistics items and facilities, in some structures well-camouflaged under dense vegetation within the location.

Accordingly, he said the ATF scrambled two Alpha Jet aircraft to attack the location, recording direct hits on the structures and logistics facilities, which were seen engulfed in flames.

“Several ISWAP fighters were equally neutralised as a result of the strikes,” the statement added.

The NAF spokesman said air troops alongside surface forces would sustain efforts to completely degrade the terrorists in the North East.

Nigeria Air Force Bombs Terror Hideouts In Borno


The Nigeria Air Force says its Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has killed several terrorists affiliated to the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) following air strikes conducted at Tumbun Hamma on the fringes of the Lake Chad.

This was announced in a statement on Friday, by the Director of the Air Force Information and Public Relations, accompanied by a video of the air strikes.

According to the statement, the bombardment was conducted following intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists, who had fled the series of air strikes conducted around northern Borno State, had converged on Tumbun Hamma.

It noted that further Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions confirmed heavy presence of terrorists in several structures.

The Air Task Force then swung into action, recording direct hit on the centre of the target area.

According to them, several terrorists were killed in the process, while many of their structures and logistics were destroyed.

Insurgency War: NAF Takes Delivery Of Two New Helicopters


The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of two new Agusta power attack helicopters which is set to be launched during the forthcoming NAF Day Celebration in Abuja.

A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information,
Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola revealed on Monday.

He said that the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was in Borno to mark the Easter celebrations with troops of the Air Task Force (ATF), Operation LAFIYA DOLE, commended the troops for their resilience and commitment in ensuring that Nigeria and Nigerians are safe.

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The CAS reminded the personnel that so much was at stake in the fight to rid the Nation of insurgents, terrorists, armed bandits and other criminal elements.

He equally appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching support to the NAF by ensuring the enabling environment and providing the necessary resources for the Service to perform its assigned duties, including the delivery of the 2 Agusta 109 Power attack helicopters.

“We can only show our gratitude for the President’s support to the NAF by remaining a disciplined force and exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in all our activities. I, therefore, enjoin you all not to relent in your efforts”.

Below are photos of the Agusta 109 Power attack helicopters:

Troops Foil Boko Haram Attack In Damaturu, Recover Arms


Troops of sector two, Operation Lafiya Dole has foiled an attempted attack in Damaturu, Yobe State by Boko Haram Terrorists on Tuesday evening.

The troops who acted on credible information ambushed the insurgents few metres ahead of Maisandari community at the outskirts of the city of Damaturu.

Acting Assistant Director Army Public Relations, Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Njoka Irabor in a statement, said that several arms and ammunition were recovered from the insurgents.

“Following credible information of planned efforts by Boko Haram terrorists to attack Damaturu, troops of Sector 2, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, successfully laid an ambush which led to the extermination of many Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs), that attempted to attack Damaturu, Yobe State at about 5:15 pm, Tuesday the 9th of April 2019.

“The vigilant troops effectively ambushed the criminals few metres ahead of Maisandari community at the outskirts of the city of Damaturu.”

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The Army spokesman stated that; two Gun Trucks, two Anti-Aircraft Guns, four AK 47 Rifles, 1,245 Rounds of 7.62 mm (NATO), one General Purpose Machine Gun and one 60 Millimetre Mortar were recovered from the terrorists.

He stressed that the troops are in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists and mop up exercise is ongoing.

“The terrorists were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the gallant troops and the well-coordinated air support, from the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole.

“Troops have embarked on the hot pursuit of the fleeing terrorists, also, mop up/combing of the general area is ongoing.”

See photos of the recovered arms and ammunition:

Troops Vanquish Boko Haram Fighters In Borno


Troops of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE said they encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Mallam Fatori in Abadam Local Government area of Borno State on Sunday,  February 2.  

According to a statement by an Army spokesman, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, the troops mercilessly trashed the insurgents with their superior firepower, courage and discipline.

Colonel Ezindu noted that the troops carried out the attack in conjunction with the Air Task Force.

Many of the insurgents were neutralized while several others escaped with gunshot wounds. Various weapons and ammunition were recovered from the terrorists.

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The Army spokesman further informed that three soldiers were wounded in action, adding that the injured soldiers are presently receiving treatment at 7 Division Hospital Maiduguri.

Reacting to the gallantry displayed by the troops, the Commander Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE commended the troops for their gallantry, courage and loyalty in the fight against the insurgency.

The Commander stressed that though the job of a soldier is demanding, the nation will always count on their loyalty and determination to end the insurgency in Nigeria.

He further reiterated the commitment of the officers and soldiers to bring to an end to the activities of Boko Haram Insurgents in Northern Borno.

The Commander also solicited for public support from good citizens and urged them to report the presence of suspected wounded persons within their locality to the nearest security outpost.

Baga Residents To Be Relocated As Military Battles Boko Haram Terrorists

Baga Residents To Be Relocated As Military Battles Boko Haram Terrorists


The Army has said it will coordinate a relocation operation for residents of Baga in view of the ongoing military operations in the area.

According to a statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the relocation operation is to be carried out in conjunction with the Borno State government.

“Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops in conjunction with Borno State Government are working towards relocating the residents of Baga, to safer locations in view of the ongoing military operations in the area,” the statement read in part.

Colonel Nwachukwu, however, called for calm insisting that the military is in firm control.

The army said it had observed that some “unscrupulous” individuals with likely sinister motives within and outside Borno State are trying to create panic and unnecessary humanitarian problems for undisclosed reasons.

“It has come to our attention that these people are plotting to instigate the inhabitants of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno communities to abandon their communities and relocate to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps for undisclosed reasons,” the Army said.

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The army urged inhabitants of the three Borno towns and the general public to discountenance all calls and remain calm.

Colonel Onyema said that the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, and other security agencies will shed more light on the issue in a Security Council meeting with the Borno State Government, scheduled to hold on Monday, December 31, 2018.

“We would like to further state that there is no basis for the people of Bama, Dikwa and Monguno to vacate their respective communities.

“However, Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops in conjunction with Borno State Government are working towards relocating the residents of Baga, to safer locations in view of the ongoing military operations in the area.

“Members of the public are advised to remain calm as the military is in firm control to guarantee their safety and security. We would like to warn that any attempt to cause further panic through this false alarm would be viewed very seriously,” the army spokesman said.