FILE PHOTO: Nigerian troops parade the arrested Boko Haram chieftains
Major General Leo Irabor, Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, the code name for the Nigerian military operations against insurgent group Boko Haram terrorists in North East has confirmed that Nigerian troops have entered the dreaded Sambisa Forest, believed to be the last stronghold of the insurgent group.
General Irabor confirmed this in a press statement read to journalists on Sunday in Maiduguri Borno State on Sunday.
The General who reeled out details of the recent activities of the military against the insurgents in various parts of North East however did not say much about the operations in the expansive forest said to be size of Belgium. “I wish to inform you that troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE are conducting operations in the heart of SAMBISA Forest. Troops are deep into the forest to smoke out BHTs. We shall bring you the details subsequently,” General Irabor said.
On the recent successes recorded by the military in the battle against Boko Haram, General Irabor said: “Following a tip-off, troops intercepted 4 female suicide bombers approaching from SAMBISA in the general area of JIMINI-BOLARI village. Two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by own EOD team. During the incident, 2 women and a baby from NGAWAFETE village were arrested after the blast as they were seen approaching MADIYARI village.
Major General Lucky Irabor
“Also, a suspected BHT training camp at MUDALLAH village in DIKWA LGA was raided by troops on 1 April 16. Consequently, troops made contact and killed a suspected BHT Amir and 6 others while capturing 5 of them. During the raid, 5 BHT vehicles and several BHTs flags were destroyed. Also, over 1,000 civilians held captive were rescued.
“Similarly, on 3 April …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper