By Elohor Igbru
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai has vowed to storm Nigeria’s restive North Central and put in “proper check the madness of bandits” in the area.
Nigeria’s Northeast, Central and West have been a killing field from Boko Haram insurgency, suspected Fulani herdsmen banditry, kidnapping and destruction of lives and property.
In a statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, the COAS urged soldiers in OPERATIONS ACCORD and HADARIN DAJI to maintain the momentum and deal with the menace once and for all.
The Army Chief also congratulated the officers and men of the Army Super Camp in Monguno for their resilience and bravery in dealing with the members of the Boko Haram and ISWAP group that attacked the town on June 13, 2020.
A large contingent of terrorists had attacked and killed 81 people including women and children in Faduma Koloram village, Gubio local government area.
The Army in an earlier statement had called the attackers “suspected retreating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists with a few sleeper cells within communities.”
Subsequently, the Army said it had ordered a large contingent of military personnel drafted to the general area to track and apprehend or neutralize the perpetrators.
“We have also mandated the Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) to enhance security, dominate the area and reassure the affected communities.”
A day after, the military in a statement claimed victory insisting it has inflicted high casualties on the terrorists.
“The COAS is highly impressed by the high number of casualties inflicted on the insurgents and the number of BHT members and equipment captured or destroyed by the gallant troops with the support of the Air Task Force,” Sagir said.
The Army Chief has already ordered the Commander OPLD to consistently engage in massive offensive patrols to all identified terrorists location within the theatre to ensure they are denied freedom of action and eliminated.