Army Renames Northeast’s Operation Lafiya Dole

(FILE) The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru addresses troops at in Dikwa Local Government, the headquarters of the Super Camp 9 Operation Lafiya Dole on February 21, 2021.

 

The Nigerian Army has renamed Operation Lafiya Dole, military operations ongoing to flush out Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the northeastern part of the country.

This was announced on Friday via a statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.

Following the approval of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, the ongoing counterinsurgency Operation in the troubled region will be changed from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai.

“The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has approved the renaming of the ongoing Counterinsurgency Operation in the North East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai,” the statement partly read.

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“This is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Army has made a lot of progress over the years and needs to re-align for better efficiency.

“Also affected in the re-designation are the Army Super Camps which now reflect the nomenclature of the formations and units followed by the name of the locations they occupy while sub-units are redesigned as Forward Operating Bases followed by the name of their locations. All these changes are with immediate effect.”

The army spokesman explained that the change is in line with the COAS Vision of having “A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment.”

According to him, the Army chief is committed to the complete defeat of insurgency, adding that it is a process that requires the participation of the entire nation using all elements of national power.

He added, “He further assured that the NA under his leadership will continue to pursue the path of jointness in prosecuting the counterinsurgency war.”

The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.

The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.

Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.

Air Task Force Destroys Hideout, Kills Several Terrorists At Sambisa Forest

File photo: The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche.

 

The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has dealt another decisive blow on terrorists in the North East of the Country.

This is according to Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator Defence Media Operations of the Defence Headquarters.

In his communique on Tuesday, General Enenche said the latest offensive was carried out on Monday, 28 December 2020, at the ‘S’ Region in the heart of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

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According to him, the airstrike, which was executed employing a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets, was carried out after series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions revealed that the terrorists responsible for recent attacks in the Southern part of Borno and Northern part of Adamawa State had originated from the location.

“Accordingly, the NAF attack aircraft engaged the target area in successive passes, leading to the destruction of some of their structures and logistics stores, including a suspected anti-aircraft gun station as the terrorists fired at the NAF aircraft. Several insurgents were also neutralized in the process,” General Enenche’s statement read in part.

Northeast Insecurity: Army Reads Riot Act To Borno Communities, Alleges Sabotage

File Photo of the Nigerian Army logo.

 

Rising from a meeting with components of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, the Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE Major General Faruk Yahaya has issued a strong warning to Borno communities collaborating with Boko haram elements to desist from it.

The warning was contained in a press release issued by a spokesperson for the Theater Command, Colonel Ado Isa.

“We also wish to warn all groups or communities hobnobbing with Boko Haram/ISWAP to sever such relations or the military takes drastic action against such defaulters.” The Theatre Commander declared.

The level of collaboration and support ranged from providing information and intelligence on troops and law abiding citizens, to logistics supply and trading with the terrorists, the statement alleged.

This is inspite of “obvious implications and the dangers of collaborating with Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and other criminal elements in the society” Yahaya stated.

Benisheik, Jakana, Mainok, Magumeri, Gajiram and Gubio, all in Borno State were indicted in the statement for allegedly harbouring “unpatriotic and heartless criminal elements.”

The theatre commander attributes this to what he describes as the high level of terrorists activities and general insecurity that results in casualties in those areas.

“Anyone caught will face the full wrath of the law as we will not tolerate anyone sabotaging our concerted counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts through collaboration with the Boko Haram terrorists.”

According to the statement, the army may also be compelled to come out hard on any community or groups that support or collaborate with terrorists in any way or act as buffer or harbour zone for them.

The statement made no direct mention of the Zabarmari farmers killed in Koshobe village, and their location is not listed among defaulting towns.

The military has been tight lipped since the attack occured, amidst outcries for engagement of mercenaries and sack of the Army Chief and his colleagues.

The Multi National Joint Task force has however been meeting at the Headquarters of the Theatre Command with Commanders of its components from Chad, Niger and Cameroun in in attendance.

They also met with the Borno state Governor, Babagana Zulum in a closed session; the agenda/outcome of their meeting was not made public.

Air Force Neutralises Terrorists, Destroys More Hideouts In Borno

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche absolves the military of sabotage as claimed by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum (File Photo)

 

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized several Boko Haram Terrorists’ and destroyed their hideouts at Maima and Tusuye, settlements near Warshale and Tongule along the Dikwa-Rann axis of Borno State.

According to a statement by Major General Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters, John Enenche, the operation was carried out on October 1 Under the subsidiary, Operation Hail Storm 2.

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General Enenche explained that the feat was achieved sequel to credible Human Intelligence reports as well as series of aerial surveillance missions, which indicated that the locations were being used as rendezvous points by the BHTs.

“The ATF dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the two locations. The attack aircraft scored devastating hits in the target areas, destroying some structures and neutralizing several of the terrorists”.

Military Airstrikes Decimate Boko Haram Camps In Borno – Spokesman

File: A screengrab from an Air Force video shows the scene of the airstrikes on Boko Haram Logistics Base in Borno State. Credit: Defence Headquarters.

 

The Nigerian military on Saturday said it has neutralised scores of terrorists in Borno state through airstrikes.

According to a statement signed by spokesman John Enenche, the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole under subsidiary Operation Hail Storm 2, recently destroyed Boko Haram camps in Tongule, Bone and Isari B Musa areas of Borno state.

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The strike on Tongule, which was carried out at night on September 24, was “undertaken after surveillance missions revealed continued assembly of the terrorists within the settlement at nighttime,” Enenche said.

“Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter gunships for a night attack on the location, with their barrage of rockets neutralizing several of the terrorists.”

The airstrike operations at Bone and Isari B Musa were carried out during the day on September 25.

“Bone, a settlement along the Yale-Kumshe axis, on the other hand, was attacked by a force package of NAF fighter jets and helicopter gunships after credible intelligence reports established that the location served as a staging area from where the terrorists launch attacks,” the statement said.

“The NAF attack aircraft engaged the location in multiple bomb and rocket runs, destroying several of their structures and neutralizing scores of terrorists.

“Similarly, at Isari B Musa several terrorists, who were observed both within and in bushes surrounding the settlement, were taken out as the NAF attack aircraft took turns in engaging the target area.”

Troops Of Operation Lafiya Dole Neutralise Top Boko Haram, ISWAP Commanders

Boko Haram Attacks Based Strongly On Collaborators – DHQ
Major General John Enenche (File Photo)

 

Nigerian Army troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole say they have neutralised some Boko Haram /Islamic State and several other leaders of the West Africa province during their encounter in Borno State.

The operation was carried out at the border town with Cameroon where they neutralised six terrorists attempting to cross from the Cameroon border towards the Sambisa axis.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the co-ordinator of the defence media operations, Major General John Enenche explained that the operation followed credible intelligence targeted against the terrorists on their market activities and undercover movement around Kolofata, a border town with Cameroon.

Amongst the top BHT/ISWAP leaders killed during the encounter at Damasak and buried by the terrorists at Goski village in the early hours of July 3, were Tumbun Dabino – Ba Issoufou, Tumbun Bororo – Amir Batam, Tumbun Jaki – Almustapha, Tumbun Bagaruwa – Modou Kollo, Dogon Tchoukou – Issah, Tumbun Rakke  – Mustapha Woulama, Tumbun Dila – Boukar Kowa and Tumbun Mita – Abou Aisha.

According to Enenche, the series of successes so far recorded has led to several of the insurgents surrendering in their numbers.

“They voluntarily admitted that the insurgency is driven more by the need for money, power, greed and criminality and less of any ideology,” the statement read in part.

Weapons and equipment recovered from the terrorists include three AK 47 rifles, a Magazine with 48 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one Honda salon car, one motorcycle, eight bicycles, three phones with multiple sims and memory cards and five copies of the Holy Qur’an, among others things.

Troops Subdue Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists In Geidam, Yobe

 

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole have again overpowered the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists who were attempting to attack Geidam in Yobe State on Monday afternoon.

This development is coming less than 48 hours after the troops dealt another deadly blow to the terrorists killing over 100 of them in Buni Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of the State.

A feat which is part of renewed efforts by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to oust the terrorist once and for all.

This latest operation was carried out by the troops of 159 Battalion in Sector 2 in conjunction with the Air Task Force of OPLD who swiftly intercepted and engaged the insurgents in a fierce exchange of fire.

According to a statement by the army, the terrorists were forced to retreat into different locations in the bushes while troops continued in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists.

Thirteen terrorists were killed, two gun trucks with DUSHKHA Guns and Six (6) AK 47 rifles were Captured.

The army in its communique noted that at present, the terrorists have been subdued and the situation in Geidam town and environs has been normalized and troops are currently on a follow up/exploitation operation.

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Below is a full statement by the Nigerian Army.

TROOPS OF OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE SUBDUE BOKO HARAM /ISWAP TERRORISTS ATTEMPT TO ATTACK GEIDAM IN YOBE STATE

1. Some Elements of Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists at about 1130 hours on Monday, 20 April 2020 attempted to attack Geidam town, the Headquarters of Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State. Troops of 159 Battalion in Sector 2 in conjunction with the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in a fierce exchange of fire.

2. Consequently, the terrorists were forced to retreat, scampered in disarray into different locations and within surrounding bushes. At the moment, troops are on pursuit of the fleeing terrorists.

3. During the encounter thirteen (13) terrorists were neutralized, two (2) gun trucks with DUSHKHA Guns and Six (6) AK 47 rifles were Captured. Presently, the terrorists have been subdued, situation in Geidam town and environs has been normalized and troops are currently on a follow up/exploitation operation.

4. There was no casualty or loss of equipment on the part of our gallant troops. Additional details to be communicated to the media as events unfold further.

You are please requested to disseminate the information through your medium to the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
20 April 2020

Yahaya Replaces Adeniyi As Operation Lafiya Dole Commander

A file photo of soldiers travelling in a truck.

 

 

The Nigerian Army has announced the redeployment and appointments of some of its senior officers.

Among those affected in the massive shake-up was the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.

Adeniyi was replaced by Major General Faruk Yahaya who would serve as the eighth Theatre Commander of the operation.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He explained that the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai approved the postings as a routine exercise intended to strengthen the system for greater professional effectiveness and efficiency.

Over 20 other generals and a colonel were also affected in the exercise.

The redeployment comes amid the outrage triggered by a viral video in which Adeniyi decried an attack that inflicted heavy casualty on the troops and left some of their vehicles in a state of disrepair.

The former theatre commander explained the difficult situation under which troops were operating while pledging loyalty to the Nigerian Armed Forces.

It is, however, unclear if his redeployment has anything to do with the attack and the said video.

Three Injured As Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe Community

 

Three people have been injured by stray bullets from suspected Boko Haram insurgents who attempted to attack the Kalgeri community of Geidam Local Government Council in Yobe state.

The Acting Assistant Director Public Relation, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh who confirmed the incident to Channels Television, said information on the attack is still sketchy.

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But the Chairman of Civil Society Organisation in Geidam, Idris Mohammed, said the incident happened on Sunday night.

He added that the insurgents invaded the community around 7 pm, shooting sporadically, which caused the residents to panic and run to safety.

The victims are receiving treatment at General Hospital Geidam.

Boko Haram Attack Theatre Commander Of Operation Lafiya Dole

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Boko Haram insurgents, on Monday, attacked the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi.

According to a military source, the incident occurred around 7:20 pm when Adeniyi was on his way back to Maiduguri after a visit to troops who were recently deployed to Jakana to strengthen the security in the general area.

“As we were coming back to Maiduguri after we left Jakana, we suddenly started hearing gunshots all over,” the source who pleaded anonymity said.

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“Before we realized it, they had bombarded us with heavy fire from different angles. Fortunately for us, we were able to repel the attack and escape.

He, however, stated that the vehicle of the theatre commandant was badly damaged with many gun holes.

The Army later released a statement. Read the full statement below.

More Criminal Boko Haram Insurgents Decimated At The Site Of A Failed Ambush Sprung Against The Theater Commanders’ Convoy.

In a clear display of misguided desperation to stage a reprisal following the recent neutralisation of several of their top commanders by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, on 6 January 2020, some marauding elements of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents laid and eventually sprung an ambush against the convoy of the Theater Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.

The Theatre Commander’s convoy came under the criminals ineffective and uncoordinated fire from Anti-Aircraft Guns, Machines Guns, Rocket Propelled Grenades and some of their foot soldiers about 2 Kilometers to Auno in Kaga LGA of Borno State while returning from Jakana where he visited troops’ location following his earlier meeting with the Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum at Auno.

In a commendable demonstration of bold action in battle, the Theatre Commander led the gallant troops of his convoy to engage the criminal Boko Haram Insurgents with superior firepower, subduing them and thereafter assaulting the ambush site with his men thereby causing the criminal insurgents to flee the location in disarray.

Other senior military officers in the Theatre Commanders’ convoy at the time of the ambush include the Deputy Theatre Commander, Maj Gen MG Ali, Brig Gen EI Eze, Brig Gen SI Igbinomwanya and Lt AA Tejuoso. In the aftermath of the encounter, several Boko Haram criminal insurgents were decimated.

Additionally, 20 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 2 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, one camouflage trouser, one Nigeria Police Force fragmental jacket, 2 AK 47 Rifles and 3 AK 47 Rifle magazines were captured from the fleeing insurgents.

Thereafter, the Theatre Commander Major General Olusegun Adeniyi and his convoy continued their trip and have since returned safely to the Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Maiduguri.

Regrettably, 2 soldiers were wounded in action during the encounter. The Wounded soldiers are currently receiving treatment at a military medical facility and are responding positively to treatment.

To this end, the Theatre Commander, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai congratulates the troops for their resilience and courage and urges them not to relent in their efforts until all the remnants of the Boko Haram and ISWAP criminal insurgents are completely annihilated and defeated.

You are kindly requested to disseminate the above information to the general public for awareness. Thank you for your usual cooperation.

*AMINU ILIYASU*
Colonel
Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator
7 January 2020

Redouble Efforts To Rid Northeast Of Terrorists, Air Chief Tasks Troops

 

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, has called on troops of the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole to redouble their efforts to completely rid the northeast of terrorists so as to restore total peace in the region.

The Air Chief who was represented by the Air Task Force Commander Air Commodore Precious Amadi, made the remarks while addressing troops in Yola the Adamawa state capital.

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While appreciating efforts of the troops, he said the military remains committed in the fight against insurgency especially with the support and enabling environment provided by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Nigerian Airforce and the country at large appreciate your efforts in restoring normalcy and peaceful coexistence in the Northeast.

“Always remember that it is not over until it is over, there is still a lot to be done.

“We must redouble our efforts to completely rid the Northeast of the terrorists to enable people to go about their business in peace and harmony,” he added.

Air Marshal Abubakar implored the troops to remain committed to the objectives of the operations.

“So much is at stake and a lot is expected from us; we cannot allow ourselves to be taken unaware.

“I implore you to remain committed and focused on the objectives of the operations, while you remain vigilant to protect property and equipment under your care.”

Buhari Lauds MNJTF Troops In Insurgency War

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole, and their Chadian counterparts fighting at the Lake Chad axis.

The Minister of Defense Bashir Magashi, a retired general, on Sunday, conveyed the president’s message at the Headquarters of Sector 3, Monguno in Borno State.

He was accompanied by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Air Chief, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar and other top-ranking officials of the Nigerian armed forces.

The Chadian army is part of the Multinational Joint Task Force, fighting alongside Niger, Cameroon, and Benin to support the Nigerian army in the counter-terrorism war.

“We are also aware of the sacrifices the Chadian soldiers are making and we hope the cooperation will continue.”

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Even though the minister declined to grant an interview to journalists, his visit may not be unconnected with the recent phase of attacks allegedly carried out by ISWAP, the Boko Haram faction in the Lake Chad Basin.

“Muhammadu Buhari has asked me to convey his goodwill to all of you for your doggedness, resilience and hard work you’ve been putting in the northeast sector of our operations.

 

My purpose of coming here is to see all of you, discuss with your colleagues from Chad and see how we can improve our operational efficiency.”

Magashi while addressing the troops said he has been talking to Commanding Officers and assured that the troops’ welfare will be adequately taken care of.

“We have discussed at length with your officers they have told us your problems and everything that is needed for you to improve the conduct of this operation our prayer is that you continue with the good work you have been doing. And ensure that all that you’re doing will not be left unattended we will do our best to see that your welfare and motivation are well taken care of by the grace of God all of you will go back to your families and continue with your normal training in your career and the government and the people of Nigeria will never forget our heroes who have done us proud but have lost their lives,” Magashi told the troops.