NAF Aircraft Kills Insurgents, Destroys Vehicles In Sambisa Forest

A file photo of a military helicopter.

 

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has killed some Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed some vehicles at a suspected vehicle workshop in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.

The Nigerian Air Force Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

He explained that the operation was conducted on Wednesday after a NAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform on a routine mission observed significant activities and some serviceable vehicles hidden under some trees at a previously abandoned vehicle workshop of the insurgents.

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The ATF, thereafter, scrambled an Alpha Jet to attack the location.

Overhead the target area, Air Commodore Daramola said some of the insurgents were seen attempting to flee the location.

He, however, noted that the terrorists were taken out by the Alpha Jet’s successful strikes, which also led to the destruction of two vehicles and other equipment at the workshop.

The NAF spokesman said the air force, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its operations to completely degrade the insurgents in the north-east.

Troops Neutralise More Boko Haram Terrorists In Sambisa, Rescue 46 Hostages

A picture of the battle tank recovered by soldiers from Boko Haram on Monday, February 12, 2018.

 

The Nigerian Military has continued their clearance operation combing all hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in the large expanse of Sambisa forest.

The Operation Deep Punch II at previous operations has successfully neutralised many Boko Haram terrorists, rescued hostages, destroyed Boko Haram bomb making-factory, recovered weapons, and killed many of the terrorists in the process.

The Deputy Director Public Relations of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Tuesday, February 13 said that the troops have successfully dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from one of their highly fortified hideout called Sabil Huda.

This hideout is said to be around the S-Shape part of the Sambisa forest. The location is also believed to be one of their prized locations. The operation was supported by Nigerian Air Force

“During a fierce offensive which was supported by Nigerian Air Force, against the terrorists on Monday 12th February 2018, the resilient troops neutralised quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists and captured major armaments, including two Spartan Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), one Canter truck and one Laptop computer belonging to the insurgents,” Nwachukwu said in the statement.

The troops also destroyed eight gun trucks. Several makeshift accommodation and tents were also destroyed with children and women held hostage rescued.

Nwachukwu said 19 women and 27 children were rescued from the erstwhile terrorist’s enclave.

He concluded that the highly motivated troops remain dauntless and the Operation Deep Punch II continues.

Part of the recent success recorded by the troops includes the destruction of Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making-factory on Wednesday, February 7. Several terrorists were killed in the process.

Military authorities on Sunday, February 4 revealed that the Nigerian Army has completely defeated Boko Haram insurgents in the country.

Boko Haram Has Been Completely Defeated – Nigerian Army

Military authorities have revealed that the Nigerian army has completely defeated Boko Haram insurgents in the country.

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas said this on Saturday during the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroon military joint mission in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

According to General Nicholas, troops under the operation “Deep Punch II” had on Friday dislodged the insurgents for their tactical ground “Camp Zairo.”

“My soldiers are in the heart of Boko Haram enclave that is Camp Zairo. The gallant troops have taken total control of Sambisa forest. We have broken the heart and soul of Shekau’s group, taking over the camp and its environs.

“They are on the run and we are pursuing them to wherever they go. This time around there is no place for escape anywhere,” he said.

He said further that hundreds of insurgents had surrendered, several others fled, and over 100 civilians were rescued.

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The theatre commander also challenged the fleeing insurgents and abducted persons in the bush to come out and surrender to the troops, promising that they would not be harmed or killed.

Speaking concerning the meeting with the Cameroon joint mission, Nicholas said that the collaboration between the two militaries was critical to the successful completion of the counter-insurgency campaign.

“We share information and intelligence to enable us to map out strategies to fight Boko Haram insurgents in our common borders,” he said.

Air Force Fighter Jets Destroy Boko Haram Logistics Base

Air Force Strikes Boko Haram Terrorist In GwozaThe Nigerian Air Force has destroyed emerging Boko Haram logistics base in Sambisa Forest.

Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that the operation commenced when the Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission in the Sambisa general area on May 16.

According to the statement, during the ISR mission, a black vehicle and some Boko Haram Terrorists were seen on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.

A confirmatory ISR mission on 17 May 2017 revealed that the Boko Haram Terrorists were attempting to build a logistics base in the location. Accordingly, Nigerian Air Force fighter aircraft were immediately called in to carry out strikes on the location.

Subsequent battle damage assessment revealed that some of the structures and vehicles in the location were engulfed in the inferno and destroyed.

Also according to the statement, several Boko Haram Terrorists within the structures under the tree were possibly killed by the strikes.

Boko Haram Will No Longer Occupy Any Part Of Nigeria – Buhari

Buhari Orders Payment Of London-Paris Club Refunds To StatesNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed that never again will the Boko Haram terrorists occupy any part of the Nigerian territory.

The President said this at the 2017 Small Arms Championship which held at the Sambisa forest, the former stronghold of the Boko Haram militants in northern Borno state.

The President who was represented at the event by the Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, said that training in Sambisa forest, otherwise known as Camp Zero, was a showcase of the defeat and degradation of the insurgent group.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, noted that the friendly contest was last conducted seven years ago.

According to him, organising the exercise after the long break was part of efforts to restore professionalism and competency in the Nigerian Army.

Meanwhile, the government has also admitted that the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, is not dead but alive and hiding somewhere in the Sambisa forest.

Mr Dan-Ali, however said the military has taken over the forest and will soon capture the leader of the sect.

Boko Haram Members, Armed Bandit Paraded In Lokoja

Boko HaramAbout 17 suspected criminals and Boko Haram terrorist who have been hibernating within Kogi State have been nabbed and paraded by the Nigerian Army in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Commandant, Chari Maigumeri Barracks in Lokoja, Brigadier General Henry Ayamasaowea while parading the suspects before the State Governor, Yahaya Bello said they were picked up following a special operation by the Nigerian Army, Navy and the DSS, who have been working around the clock in the last three weeks in the state to put an end to the kidnapping and invasion of insurgents into the state.

Meanwhile, apart from the Boko Haram members nabbed by the joint operation, those arrested and paraded also include the hoodlums that attacked a police station in Eika, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi state where two police officers were killed.

Some of the items recovered from the terrorist are several Ak 47, locally made guns, 12 masks of different size, ammunition, dagger, pump action guns, grenade and explosives devises.

The Commandant, briefed the governor on how the 17 suspects were all arrested in Okene and its environs, he said the joint operation combed the entire central senatorial district of the state and the insurgence have invaded Kogi state after the military success in Sambisa forest.

The Operation Officer Lieutenant Colonel, Tosin Ayoola also gave the governor a breakdown on what they have on ground, he identified the suspects as members of the Boko Haram and not a suspect.

However, Governor Bello said, “If the joint task-force will build on the tempo adopted in arresting this suspected terrorist, then crime will be reduced within the shortest time in Kogi state”.

Over 800 Boko Haram Suspects Arrested In Kano

Over 800 Boko Haram Suspects Arrested In KanoThe Kano State Police Command has arrested 840 persons suspected to be members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Magaji Majia, told journalists that the arrest followed an intelligence report that some unidentified people from the northeast region have disguised as internally displaced persons to infiltrate the state.

He explained that a special task force embarked on a special operation early on Thursday following the report that members of the group were relocating to Kano to regroup and attack the city.

The results was an arrest of 111 foreigners, 53 from the north eastern part of Nigeria, 112 prostitutes, 67 underage and 544 adults all within the eight metropolitan local government areas of the state.

According to Majia, most of those arrested have no any means of identification and also have no reason whatsoever to be on the streets at the time they were arrested.

He also said that investigation had commenced and those with questionable character would remain in detention while others will be set free.

The Kano state command has also already began a special supply of daily meal to the suspects as some of them explained how they were apprehended by the police officers on patrol duty.

Following the recent liberation of Sambisa forest, security agencies in Kano have been on the alert with an increase in check points in most parts of the state especially at the entry and exit route of the state.

BBOG Arrives Northeast On Guided Tour

BBOG Arrives Northeast On Guided TourThe BringBackOurGirls Group and a Federal Government delegation are in the North East to witness efforts by the military to rescue the remaining abducted Chibok School girls.

Before they left the Abuja airport, there was a mild drama as the group insisted that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed boards the same aircraft with the BBOG delegation.

The initial plan was for the BBOG delegation to be conveyed to Yola alongside some journalists while the Minister will join another aircraft.

But that was turned down at the airport tarmac by the BBOG delegation, who insisted that none of their member will board the flight if the Minister is not joining them.

After a series of explanations, the Minister conceded to joining other participants in the same flight.

The government delegation also included the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar.

Meanwhile, on arrival at the Air Force Base in Yola, the Nigerian Air Force briefed on their operations so far.

The Commanding Officer, Air Vice Marshal Nurudeen Balogun explained that over two billion naira was spent in 2016 to ensure a functional air component of the Operation Lafiya dole.

Air Vice Marshall Balogun informed members of the Bring Back Our Girls group that efforts were on to find the remaining abducted Chibok schools girls and other persons, who were abducted by the Boko haram insurgents.

He added that the latest release of abducted persons was secured between January 7 and 12 and they have been handed over to the troop in Maiduguri.

Proposed Visit To Nigeria’s Northeast, Government Responds To BBOG

Nigerian government on proposed visit to northeast with BBOGThe Nigerian government is insisting that an earlier date it had agreed with the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group for a guided tour of Nigeria’s northeast, where the notorious Sambisa Forest is located, will not be shifted. 

The group had in a letter to the Federal Government on Friday requested that the the proposed date of the tour, January 16, be changed to accommodate a Pre-Tour Meeting between it and some top officials of the Federal Government.

But the spokesman for the Nigerian government, Mr Lai Mohammed, in response to the group’s demand said the government had noted the conditions given by the BBOG “for embarking on the trip, which include the said Pre-Tour Meeting and the retraction of some remarks allegedly made by the Chief of Army Staff, which the #BBOG finds to be “slanderous”.

“We regret, however, to inform you that we are unable to postpone the trip as scheduled because the need to proceed with the trip on Monday is predicated on the narrow window available to have a good weather on that day.

“Additionally, the payment for the satellite downlink streaming of the mission has been made for that Monday, and shifting the date will require another round of booking to secure such a slot,” the letter to the group by the Federal Government read.

Mr Mohammed further stated that apart from the #BBOG members, local and international journalists have been invited for the trip, while much preparations have been made by the Nigerian military.

‘Drop Conditions And Join Trip’

On the remark the group claimed the Chief of Army Staff made, the government’s spokesman  said: “With due respect, we will also like to say that the remarks purportedly made by the Chief of Army Staff and the request for a meeting with certain top officials of the government are, at best, tangential to the invitation we extended to the #BBOG to join the search mission, in recognition of the group’s commitment to the safe release of the Chibok girls who remain in captivity as well as its continued interest in the welfare of the girls who have been released”.

The government further expressed hopes that the #BBOG would drop its conditions and join the trip, which showed the commitment of the Federal Government to securing freedom for the Chibok girls and its transparency in handling the issue of the girls.

The invitation for the proposed tour is coming at a time that the group held a week-long protest, demanding for more efforts from the government and the military to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls.

Over 200 girls were taken from their school’s dormitory on April 14, 2014, in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

Since their abduction by Boko Haram terrorists, less than 60 of the girls have been rescued and the recent announcement of the clearing of the terrorists’ last bastion in Sambisa Forest, where most of the girls are believed to have been held, has raised concerns about the whereabouts of the remaining girls.

Boko Haram had weeks after their abduction said the ‘girls have been married off’, but in October last year, 21 of the girls, some of them with babies, were released by the terrorists after negotiations with the Federal Government.

Buhari Celebrates Troops On Armed Forces Remembrance Day

President Buhari Heads To The Gambia For ECOWAS Mediation MissionPresident Muhammadu Buhari has commended troops serving in different parts of Nigeria and across Africa for their sacrifice for the country and the continent.

The President also gave special kudos to Nigerian troops in the Sambisa forest in Borno State, the Air Force in Yola, Adamawa State and the Peace Keeping force in Liberia.

In the presence of the service chiefs and other dignitaries, President Buhari put a call to the troops and thanked them for the many sacrifices they have made for the unity of Nigeria and Africa at large.

He noted that they have not just protected Nigeria’s territorial integrity, but have also represented the nation well in the international community.

A group of pipers from the military heralded the President’s arrival to the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Abuja, where prayers were offered for the departed soldiers.

He led the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki among other dignitaries to lay wreaths in honour of the fallen heroes.

The signing of the register and release of doves by President Buhari drew the curtain on activities to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day for 2017.

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Nigeria’s Lawmakers Ask Executive To Improve Welfare Of Troops

house-of-representativesThe House of Representatives in Nigeria has asked the Executives to ensure improved welfare for the troops in counter-insurgency operations in the northeast.

Adopting a motion on the recovery of the Sambisa forest from the Boko Haram insurgents, the House commended the troops for their courage, which led to the defeat and consequent capturing of forest.

The House also urged the Executives to work towards instituting insurance and housing schemes for the personnel of the armed forces in the event of disability or death in order to ensure that Nigerian fallen heroes were not forgotten.

The lawmakers also want the government to ensure comprehensive education for the families of officers and soldiers that die at the battleground.

They also observed a minute silence for the repose of the fallen heroes.

“Boko Haram Last Stronghold”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 24 announced that Nigerian soldiers had raided Boko Haram’s “last stronghold” in Sambisa forest.

He said that the the era of Boko Haram militants had ended with the clearing of the last bastion in the forest.

President Buhari said the insurgents have finally been crushed.

The president said in a statement that he was “most proud” to receive the “long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists”.

“I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage and resilience of troops of operation lafiya dole at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at ‘camp zero’, which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa forest,” he added.

Air Force Launches Aerial Patrol Of Sambisa, Southern Kaduna

Video: Air Force Begins Aerial Patrol Of Sambisa, Southern KadunaThe Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has intensified aerial patrol over the Sambisa forest in a renewed effort to deny Boko Haram terrorists who might have escaped the latest onslaught against the insurgents from regrouping.

The development was revealed in a statement issued on Friday by the Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.

Group Captain Famuyiwa said: “The over 60,000 km2 forest is being painstakingly patrolled day and night by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, to deny the fleeing insurgents the opportunity to regroup and launch attack against host communities and own surface troops on clearance operation”.

In a similar operation, NAF deployed ISR platforms for surveillance activities over Samaru, Katab, Zonkwa, Kafanchan and other troubled areas in southern part of Kaduna State, including the Kaduna metropolis.

The Air Force spokesman explained that the ongoing operations were aimed at supporting the surface forces, as well as restoring confidence in the people living in the affected areas.

He added that the air operations would also seek out the hideouts used by criminal elements and armed bandits within the troubled areas.

Aside employing air power to flush out the bandits, the Air Force also relayed the intelligence gathered from its ISR operations to land forces to aid the conduct of the entire operations.