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

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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

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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.

Air Force Fighter Jets Kill ISWAP Terrorists During Meeting

 

Some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters have been killed during a raid by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole.

A statement by the Nigerian Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said that the insurgents convened to meet at their hideout in Kollaram on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.

“In continuation of Operation Rattle Snake, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has neutralized some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters as they assembled for a meeting at their hideout in Kollaram on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State.

“The operation was executed on 14 December 2019 following credible intelligence reports indicating that some of the ISWAP leaders had assembled for a meeting in one of 2 buildings at the centre of the settlement.”

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He added that the jets dispatched to attack the location successfully killed the terrorists.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets dispatched by the ATF to attack the location scored accurate hits on the target building completely obliterating it and killing its terrorists’ occupants.

“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the Northeast.”

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.