Troops Rescue 801 Persons In Heightened Sambisa Forest Operations

Troops rescue children women in Sambisa forestTroops of the “Operation Rescue Finale” have rescued 801 persons in renewed operation to rescue remaining hostages and clear terrorists from the Sambisa Forest stronghold. 

The theatre commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, said since “Operation Rescue Finale” began on November 2, troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have continued to make progress into the heart of the forest.

Irabor made the statement on Wednesday in a live press conference in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.

He said: “On 30th November 2016 the troops cleared Goneri before harbouring at Goni Kurmi. While at harbour at Goni Kurmi the troops were attacked by the Boko Haram terrorists with the hope of slowing down their push.

“The attack was successfully repelled with the Boko Haram terrorists suffering casualties. The troops recovered one AK 47 rifle, different calibres of ammunitions and magazines”.

According to him, the troops advanced and cleared all Boko Haram terrorists camps on their axis in the forest seen as their safe haven before harbouring at Amdaga on the first day.

He further explained that “at Amdaga the Boko Haram terrorists carried out a probing attack on the troops which was swiftly dealt with before the Boko Haram terrorists retreated.

“The following day, troops cleared and occupied Dure and have been operating in the general area to intercept fleeing Boko Haram terrorists”.

According to him, in all the operations between November 23 to December 5, a total of 801 persons were rescued from the Boko Haram terrorists.

Irabor warned the Boko Haram elements to give up their ignoble adventure, advising them to surrender to the military or other security agencies without further delay.

He said further cautioned that failure to surrender would be unpalatable for them.

Nigerian Army To Begin ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ In Northeast

Tukur Buratai Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General on Operation Rescue FinaleThe Nigerian Army says it is set to commence and execute another operation in the northeast nicknamed ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ aimed at rescuing persons still held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, announced the plan on Monday in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Chief of Army Staff Conference.

He says Operation Rescue Finale is a consolidation on the stabilisation phase of operations already executed in the area.

The Chief of Army Staff expressed the belief that a well planned and executed Operation Rescue Finale would bring about decisive elimination of the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s northeast.

He said that even though the Nigerian army in the preceding quarters of the year 2016 faced daunting challenges, the Nigerian Army in its resolve would continue to discharge its constitutional roles towards ensuring peace and stability in the country as well defend the nation’s democracy and its territorial integrity.

The conference, holding at the Imo trade and investment Centre, was declared open by a representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

It has as its theme: “Consolidating on the gains of counter insurgency operations towards achieving national security”.

Mr Lawal assured Nigerians that with the renewed vigour and commitment of the Nigerian Army, terrorism and insurgency would soon become a thing of the past


Meanwhile, the governor of the state, Mr Rochas Okorocha, commended the Nigerian Army for the sacrifice and commitment to the protection of lives and property of all Nigerians and the protection of the Nation’s unity.

With the speech of the Army Chief, hopes were raised that the Operation Rescue Finale by the Nigerian Army would give hope to families of the Chibok girls and other families whose children might still be held captive by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The Nigerian Army says the choice of the southeast to hold this year’s conference is in consonance with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff to move the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army to dialogue with all regions of the country with a view to finding security solutions peculiar to the people.

It is also expected to x-ray the Operation Python Dance recently launched in the southeast with a view to make the Yuletide a pleasant one.

Army Flags Off ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ In Sambisa Forest

Army Flags Off ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ In Sambisa Forest, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau,The Nigerian Army has flagged off another clearance operation in the Sambisa forest tagged “Operation Rescue Finale”.

The Theatre Commander of the counter insurgency war tagged Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, disclosed this to journalists in a news conference in Maiduguri.

Irabor said the focus of the latest operation on Sambisa is to rescue Chibok girls and other hostages and also rid the forest of remnants of insurgents inhabiting there.

The Theatre Commander said that operations were temporarily suspended in the Sambisa forest due to terrain issues occasioned by the rains.

According to him, the troops have been empowered and have the operational capacity to carry out the task ahead.

“The focus of the operation is to rescue the Chibok girls and every other hostage that is in Sambisa and ensure that every other element of the Boko Haram has been displaced. We’ll take them out completely.

“Primarily, commitment of targets by artillery and the air component is already in progress; the subsidiary operations which are ally to the operation is ongoing,” he noted.

Irabor has also cautioned against rushing to the social or mainstream media with information acquired about soldiers killed in battle, suing for patriotism and empathy.

He believes the impact of recent suicide bombings in the capital city of Borno state is due to alertness of troops cooperating with other agencies which has led to the arrest of a female suicide bomber by the Police.

The arrested girl, according to the Theatre Commander has been giving the Army useful information.

As part of the success story of ongoing operations, the Theatre Commander added that between the months of October and November, a total of 5,235 hostages have been rescued consisting of 2,054 children and 1560 women.

The Army for the umpteenth time also warned insurgents to take advantage of the “Operation Safe Corridor” and surrender or face execution.