Boko-Haram-11Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has launched Anti Boko Haram Campaign Materials as part of new Military counter operations strategy displaying posters of photographs of 100 suspected Boko Haram terrorists that have been declared wanted by the Nigerian military. Buratai said they are enemies of state of the military and complete threats to national security.
He said the military is soliciting for reliable information on the whereabouts that will lead to the arrest of the suspects through phone call.
The COAS added that the public could also give out information on anybody found wanting or suspicious in the midst of the people with a view to arresting the terrorists and prosecuting them in line with the international practice.
He said the same posters of the pictures of the 100 Boko Haram suspects will be posted on the Twitter, facebook and whattsapp, blog and google+ among other social media for public consumption and response, with the write ups and inscriptions on the posters printed and distributed all over the country in Hausa, English, Igbo, Yoruba, Fulani, Janeiro, Babur, Shuwa and other languages.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his wonderful and great support and encouragement to the counter terrorism and operations both within and outside Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Military troops fighting Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria have reportedly killed no less than 34 suspected terrorists in Adamawa and Borno states.
The troops also rescued 338 persons that were held captive by the terrorists in the enclaves.
Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday revealed that troops of 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Bitta and Pridang carried out a successful raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages along Bita and Damboa road at the fringes of Sambisa forest last Tuesday.
The Army spokesman said the troops were able to kill 30 Boko Haram terrorists during the operations and 4 others who were believed to be on a suicide bombing mission to Gubula, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The statement revealed further that the rescued persons comprised 8 male, 138 female and 192 children, and have since been evacuated to Mubi.
Col. Usman said the troops also recovered arms and ammunitions during the raid operation which include 1 general purpose machine gun and 2 dane guns, 150 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), 6 boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) and 3 cutlasses.
He said the 4 dead terrorists in Adamawa were ambushed and killed following a tip off by the troops, and that apart from 2 AK-47 rifles recovered, the troops also recovered some Unexploded Ordinances, UXOs, mortar bombs and cash sum of N153, 385k was retrieved.
The statement reads further, “It is worthy to note that the raid operation on the Boko Haram terrorists’ enclave coincided with the Chief of Army Staff’s operational visit to the Brigade Headquarters in Mubi.
“The successful clearance operations and ambushing of the terrorists has further degraded them and saved the lives of so many innocent victims of their suicide bombings.
“Having appealed and given the terrorists final warning, we would like to state that from now on troops within bounds of respect for human rights and rules of engagement, we shall continue to decisively deal with Boko Haram terrorists until they are defeated. Therefore, we are appealing for continued vigilance, security consciousness and above all cooperation with the military and security agencies to enable us successfully defeat the terrorists”, Col. Usman appealed.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has applauded the gallantry of the officers and men of the Nigerian Army at the war zone, even as he praised Army’s contributions to war against Boko Haram in the North-East region.
General Buratai, who was on tour of states affected by terroristsactivities in the region, visited troops in Mubi to encourage them in the crusade, reminding them of the need to remain dedicated and professional in sweeping out the remaining pockets of terrorists in the country.
Accompanied by the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Brigadier General Mohammed Abubakar and other high ranking officers, the Army chief promised that logistics support and welfare of the troops will be taken care of.
The Army chief assured that the military is working hard to succeed in meeting up with the December deadline of defeating the Boko Haram insurgents in spite of the renewed bombings by suspected members of the terrorist group.


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