NAF Destroys Boko Haram Command Centre, Kills Terrorists In Sambisa

 

The military says it has destroyed a Tactical Command Centre of the Boko Haram terrorist group and killed some of their fighters at Yuwe in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State.

Major General John Enenche, the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the feat was recorded by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole, in continuation of the air interdiction missions being conducted under the subsidiary Operation Long Reach to unhinge the leadership of the insurgents in the North East

According to the military spokesman, the operation was executed on Wednesday after a series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions observed the significant presence of insurgents in the settlement.

He added that the ISR missions established that a prominent compound with solar panel-mounted rooftop and a large tree in the middle with a nearby flag-mounted sentry post was being used by the terrorists to coordinate their operations in the area.

The statement read, “Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets dispatched by the ATF to take out the command centre took turns in attacking the location scoring accurate hits, leading to the destruction of the centre and surrounding structures, as well as the neutralisation of several fighters.

“The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the ATF for their dedication and professionalism.

“The Defence Headquarters equally urges them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements in the country.”

Police Rescue Two Kidnap Victims

 

The Police in Katsina State have rescued two persons who were kidnapped and taken to a place called Sambisa in Zamfara State.

The duo was said to have been kidnapped on November 16, and found on the 21st at a location between Katsina and Zamfara state, in the dreaded Rugu forest.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Police Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Gambo Isah, said the victims identified as Kausar Surajo, age 22 years old and Aisha Ibrahim, aged 28, were rescued unhurt.

According to the statement, “the rescue operation was in line with the ‘Operation Puff Adder’ launched by the Inspector General of Police which was led by the DPO of Jibia border town at about 16:00hrs”.

Investigations are said to be ongoing.

Several Boko Haram Terrorists Killed As NAF Destroys Hideout In Sambisa

NAF Destroys Boko Haram Hideout In Sambisa

 

Several Boko Haram terrorists have been killed and their hideouts in an air strike by the Nigerian Air Force.

The strike according to a statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, occurred at Bula Korege on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

A video released showed the aerial  bombardment of the Air Joint Taskforce Operation.

He said that the ATF detailed 2 Alpha Jets to attack the target area.

“The air strikes were synchronized for maximum effect, recording devastating hits on the Boko Haram hideout, killing several of their fighters, as captured in the Battle Damage Assessment”.

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He explained that the operation was carried out on Friday in an air strike conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE as part of missions in the ongoing Operation GREEN SWEEP 3.

Air Commodore Daramola added that the target was designated for attack based on credible Intelligence reports, which were further corroborated by series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions, which established the settlement as a major hub of Bolo Haram activities.

 

Troops Kill Fleeing Boko Haram Insurgent In Sambisa, Injure Many Others

The military on Friday said one Boko Haram terrorist has been killed in Sambisa region at Gamboru Ngala area of Borno State with many others injured.

In a statement signed by the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the military on Friday said the insurgent was killed during an encounter with some members of the Boko Haram group who were fleeing in two gun trucks through Ngala road.

“Troops killed the insurgent and wounded several others at about 6.30 pm in an encounter, with elements of the insurgent group who were fleeing in two gun trucks through Ngala road.

“The gallant troops engaged the insurgents, destroying one of the gun trucks and recovering an anti-aircraft gun, two AK 47 rifles and two magazines abandoned by the fleeing insurgents under the superior firepower of the troops,” the statement read in part.

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In another operation, the military said troops on patrol along Jebra – Firgi road at about 1.30 pm also on Thursday averted a plot by Boko Haram terrorists to attack troops and other unsuspecting road users with multiple Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) concealed under foliage along the road.

The three primed IEDs were recovered where they were concealed under shrubs along the road shoulder and connected to a long detonating cable dragged into the bush towards the Sambisa axis.

The IEDs was safely detonated by Operation Lafiya Dole Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.

Also, the troop arrested one Madaki Tumba aka Kalifa, a suspected Boko Haram terrorist was arrested at a location ahead of Limankara.

“The suspect was nabbed on Thursday at about 6.14 pm by troops on patrol while in possession of one  M16 rifle and a magazine loaded with 2 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition. He is currently undergoing preliminary investigation,” the statement read in part.

The military said further that the ongoing operations against Boko Haram terrorists, conducted by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole simultaneously in the Sambisa region and the Lake Chad Islands is undoubtedly strangulating the insurgent group, hence its resort to attacking soft targets with suicide bombers and other forms of IEDs in a desperate bid to remain relevant.

Remaining Chibok School Girls With Shekau Can Be Found In Sambisa – Shettima

President Muhammadu Buhari has received the 82 Chibok schoolgirls that were recently released by the Boko Haram terrorists at the Presidential Villa.

The Governor of Borno State Mr Kashim Shettima says there is a good chance that the Chibok girls who are still in captivity can be found in the Sambisa Forest.

Governor Shettima said this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television on Friday, amid continued anticipation about their release or rescue.

He said, “The last time they were picked, they were picked from the banky axis. So probably, for those of them that are under the custody of Shekau, they may be deep in the boil of the Sambisa forest.

“That is my own opinion. For those of them that are with other groups that are dispersed in the Lake Chad region, and in other parts of the state, I don’t think all of them can be got at once. But I believe that those under the custody of Shekau, I believe a substantial number of them can be found in the Sambisa forest.”

Governor Shettima lamented the destruction and level of devastation caused by the attacks of the Boko Haram sect in the region with Borno State being the worst hit.

He said, “The Boko Haram are there in the Sambisa forest, I am not disputing that fact. The Boko Haram are scattered in almost all parts of the state. But they no longer have the strength to hold onto any territory in Nigeria.

“The Boko Haram rolled discussions worth $9Bn in the North East. Borno accounts over $5.6Bbn worth of destruction. The Boko Haram destroyed a total of 900k units of houses in Borno making 30 percent of the total stock of houses.

The Governor praised the signing of the North-East Development Commission bill by president Mohammed Buhari which he says will help give the region a development lift.

“What we witnessed in the North-East in the past 10 years equally requires one of the services of the NEDC. It is a very momentous deal, which will turn out to be a game changer in the North-East Development equation.

“It will give us a platform of having a body charged with the responsibility of harmonising, regulating all the different bodies serving the same purpose.”

Air Force Kills Several Boko Haram Terrorists In Sambisa

Air Force Kills Several Boko Haram Terrorists In Sambisa

The Nigerian Air Force says it has killed several Boko Haram terrorists during a raid on suspected hideouts of the insurgents in Sambisa forest.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, few terrorists were seen evacuating the remains of dead Boko Haram fighters after a series of airstrikes.

The statement reads: “In furtherance of operations to completely defeat the Boko Haram terrorists organisation, on August 7, 2017, the Nigerian Air Force Component of Operation Lafiya Dole conducted an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission over Parisu, in the Sambisa general area.

“During the ISR mission, a large group of Boko Haram Terrorists was seen converging under a tree close to a prominent zinc-roofed structure. A confirmatory mission indicated that the structure was indeed a Boko Haram hideout, housing a large number of terrorists.

“Following the first and second strikes, the building was completely destroyed and the location was strafed during the third attack. The fourth attack was redirected to a close by building, where Boko Haram activity was also noticed.

“Subsequent, battle damage assessment revealed that the hideout was completely reduced to rubble and several elements were killed while a few of them were seen evacuating the casualties.”

Air Force Jets Bomb Boko Haram’s Artillery In Sambisa


Air Force Strikes Boko Haram Terrorist In GwozaThe Nigerian Air Force says that its fighter jets have successfully destroyed an artillery piece being sneaked into Sambisa Forest by insurgents.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the artillery piece was concealed under a tree and sighted by a NAF intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft while on daytime patrol in the Sambisa general area.

Air Commodore Adesanya added that about seven insurgents were also observed to be moving out from under the tree.

The Airforce spokesman believes that with the successful attacks, attempts by the remnants of the insurgents to reinforce their capability with the artillery piece has been thwarted.

Accidental Bombing: Don’t Cast Blames Without Inquiry – Security Expert

Max Gbanite, Accidential Bombing, Borno, Military, Air ForceThe accidental air strike on a civilian settlement in Borno State has continued to generate more reactions from within and outside Nigeria.

This time, a national security expert urged Nigerians not to blame the military for the attack, saying such mistakes had occurred even in more diplomatic countries.

Mr Max Gbanite believes that the incident could be as a result of lack of coordination in some cases, stressing that such error was unavoidable.

Making An Excuse For Air Force

“Remember that visibility is an issues in the Sambisa forest area. (It is) for the first time since the war started (that) such error was made (and) it’s not unlikely that such error could happen in any war that is being prosecuted in anywhere in the world.

“I’m not trying to make an excuse for the Nigerian Air Force, (but) we’ve had that happen in Afghanistan when U.S. drones bombed a hospital by mistake. We’ve (also) seen it in Syria where Russian and U.S aircraft bomb hospitals by mistake.

“It is lack of coordination sometimes and again these are technologies that are using more precise bombing than what we are using today,” he explained.

We Can’t Blame Our Air Force

The security expert, however, stated that the military would account for the mistake, saying he was quite sure that the Nigerian Air Force authorities would address the issue fairly.

He urged Nigerians not to hazard the motive behind the mistake yet, but to wait until the military had concluded its investigation.

“We have been fighting this war for the past five years and this (error) just happened now. I think we can’t blame our Air Force but we should wait and hear from the military to know precisely what really happened.

“We need to be patient; they are going to account for this and if there was a mistake on the part of the Air Force, I’m quite sure the Chief of Air Staff will make sure something is done about this,” Mr Gbanite said on Sunrise Daily.

Nigerian Air Force Acquires More Combat Helicopters

Nigerian Air Force Acquires More Combat HelicoptersChief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, says the Nigerian Air Force has acquired two more Mi-35M combat helicopters from Russia Federation to enhance its capability in ongoing internal security efforts.

He has also given the assurance that the Nigerian Air Force remains committed to ensuring that the current gains in the war against Boko Haram terrorists in North East Nigeria is sustained.

Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, who was speaking at a media briefing in Maiduguri to acquaint the press with the activities of the Air Force in 2016, said air patrol and intelligence gathering was still in progress.

“The aircrafts have been delivered awaiting official induction after which they will be launched for operations.

“We have also installed camera on two of our Beechcrafts NAF 202 and NAF 204 and upgraded the camera on another Beechcraft NAF 201 all in 2016,”  the Air Chief stated.

The air bombardment of the camp zero and general area of the Sambisa forest by the air component of the Operation Lafia Dole paved way for the ground forces to advance and succeed in the operation.

The Air Chief said that the Air Force would not relent in its air campaign efforts to ensure that dislodged terrorists do not regroup or attack communities or the ground forces carrying out mop up operations.

According the Air Marshall, three EC-135 helicopters ceded by the  Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to the NAF in March 2016 are undergoing reactivation processes to boost the number of serviceable platforms.

PDP Salutes Military For Clearing Sambisa Forest

Military, PDP, SambisaThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has praised the Nigerian Military for its recent successes, especially the clearing of Boko Haram terrorists’ stronghold, the Sambisa forest.

The party, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, on Tuesday described the feat as an important milestone.

They also commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against insurgency, stressing that he has built on the efforts of his predecessors.

Long And Bitter Struggle

According to the statement: “A few days ago, the military hierarchy announced that the military has cleared the dreaded Sambisa forest of Boko Haram terrorists. This is a welcome development in the fight against terrorism.

“We congratulate Nigerians for this important milestone in the long and bitter struggle against the forces of evil that have wreaked so much suffering and hardship on our people in the last few years.

“We also congratulate the President for his dogged pursuit of the war against insurgency. We are happy that he has built on the efforts of his Predecessors. Whatever we are witnessing now is as a result of all the efforts and sacrifices of the past and present. Nigerians and the international community will recall that the war effort received a major boost in the weeks leading up to the 2015 general elections. The insurgents were virtually annihilated – a feat that made it possible for elections to hold peacefully in almost all the local government areas of all the states in the Northeast last year. We are therefore very much delighted with the continuation of this great effort by the President.

Fighting With Great Courage

“We salute the men and women of our beloved armed forces. Their courage, determination and sacrifice made this achievement possible. The men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces have served and continue to serve with distinction in many peacekeeping operations all over the world. We salute them for fighting with great courage to keep the peace in their own country.

“We also thank the international community for their support and encouragement, particularly those countries that have helped in the procurement of critical military hardware”.

The opposition party, however warned that the clearing of the Sambisa forest was a critical milestone but not the end of the war against insurgency and urged the government and the military not rest on their oars.

“The hot pursuit of the terrorists must continue unabated and relentlessly until the entire Northeast is rid completely of them.

“Beyond Sambisa, all the other forests which criminals used as hideouts and bases must equally be cleared by the military. Forests such as Birnin Gwari, Zamfara, Southern Kaduna, Enugu and Benue have become killing fields. They must all be cleared of criminal elements,” the PDP stated.

It further stressed that “all hands must be on deck to ensure the peace and unity of our dear country without which we can never hope to meet our developmental aspirations”.

Five Soldiers, Three Others Killed As Terrorists Ambush Troops

Military, Troops, Boko Haram, YobeFive soldiers, three vigilantes and one Civilian JTF member have been killed in an ambush on troops in Ugundiri village, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State.

The Operation Lafiya Dole troops, who were carrying out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts in Talala and Ajigin, southern part of the state were ambushed while returning to base after clearance operations on Saturday.

The attack also left 19 soldiers and one Civilian JTF member with various degrees of injuries.

According to Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, the bodies of the dead soldiers and civilians have been evacuated to Maiduguri while the injured are receiving appropriate medical care and are in stable condition.

He stated further that the troops were able to destroy the terrorists’ gun truck and recovered two anti-aircraft guns, two spare gun barrels, one general purpose machine gun, one rocket propelled grenade, one AK-47 rifle and 320 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

Troops have also been mobilized into blocking positions to further neutralize fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.

He added that another set of troops had earlier cleared Zira, Abulam, Dusula, and Buk villages before returning to base in Bulabulin.

“In a related development, based on information received about gathering of some suspected Boko Haram terrorists around Bori village, which is 16 kilometres away from Mainok, outskirts of Maiduguri, troops swung into action and neutralized them.

“The troops recovered three motorcycles, one hand grenade, one round of 7.62mm ammunition, solar panel, a pair of Niger Republic military camouflage uniform, one mobile telephone handset, one wet cell battery and half bag of groundnut,” he said.

Troops Intercept Suspected Boko Haram Drugs, Logistics Suppliers In Borno

suspeceted-boko-haram-drug-supplierTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol from Bama to Pulka, intercepted suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ drugs and other logistics suppliers in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

The suppliers were arrested at a suspected Boko Haram terrorists crossing point within Firgi and Zawan axis while trying to cross into Sambisa forest on Sunday.

A statement by the spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the troops pursued them but were only able to apprehend two of them while others fled into the bush.

Items recovered from Kadiri Umate, 35, were packets of 500ml of Glocose Intravenous infusion (Drip), assorted analgenics and pain killer drugs, clothes, bathroom slippers, insecticides, salt, kola nuts and a bicycle.

The suspect is undergoing preliminary investigations.

In another operation at Muna garage, a suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ logistics and fuel supplier, Fantoma Lasani, was arrested by troops in conjunction with Civilian JTF at Muna garage when he came to pick his wife to finally relocate out of Maiduguri.

“The suspect, from Flatari village, Bama Local Government Area, is among some unpatriotic elements in the society that had been supplying Boko Haram terrorists with Premium Motor Spirit and Automative Gas Oil in Bama, Gwoza and Sambisa general area,” the statement added.

They were arrested hours after troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday morning averted the plans of a suicide bomber along Damboa road in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Eyewitnesses say the suicide bomber was sighted along Damboa road, the same place where an explosion occurred barely 24 hours ago.

Frightened motorists travelling to Damboa-Biu were forced to turn back due to confusion.

Channels Television’s reporter who was at the Bakassi IDP camp reports that the suspect fled towards the back fence of the camp, where five people were killed on Saturday, with men of the sector Nine and civilian JTF in hot pursuit of the assailant.