The Nigerian Military has intensified it’s efforts in the war against Boko Haram terrorists through clearance of more terrorists’ strongholds in Borno.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafia Dole, Maj Gen Lucky E Irabor stated this at a press briefing held at Operation Lafiya Dole Media Center, Maiduguri on
Maj Irabor said that the military in different sectors of Operation Lafiya Dole have been carrying out raids, patrols, cordon and search operations in
a determination to clear the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in their respective operation.
He said following a tip-off, troops intercepted 4 female suicide bombers approaching from SAMBISA in the general area of JIMINI-BOLARI village.
In the operation, Irabor said two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices on the suicide bombers were safely detonated by own EOD team, adding that During the incident, 2 women and a baby from NGAWAFETE village were arrested after the blast as they were
seen approaching MADIYARI village.
Also, a suspected Boko Haram terrorists training camp at MUDALLAH
village in DIKWA LGA was raided by troops in the early week of April .
Consequently, he said troops made contact and killed a suspected Boko
Haram terrorists Amir and 6 others while capturing 5 of them, adding that during the raid, 5 Boko Haram terrorists vehicles and several of their flags were
destroyed while over 1,000 civilians held captive were rescued.
“Similarly, on 3 April 16, Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops conducted fighting patrol at BOBOSHE, GARNA, KYARE, GINBA and AJIRI villages.
“The patrol team recovered 8 industrial gas cylinders and 5 regular gas cylinders at a primary school being used for bomb making.
“Also, 3 Boko Haram insurgents were captured while 4 motor cycles, 3
bicycles, a solar panel and 2 containers of liquid herbicides were
“On 28 April 16, troops embarked on fighting patrols in the general area of BOGORO, DUGUNO 1, 2 and 3. On reaching MBARAKA, they encountered and cleared some Boko Haram elements.
“The troops proceeded to JADDA village where they engaged and killed 4
terrorists . The patrol team also discovered a big pit where the insurgents
used for dumping their victims to die and rot.
“The patrol team later freed some hostages and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 30
rounds of 7.62mm (Special)
ammunition, 12 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 Dane guns, a motorcycle, 2 solar panels, 120 litres of AGO, some packets of panadol and a food storage facility.
“During the operation, one of our troops suffered gunshot wound and
was evacuated for medical treatment. I am glad to state that he is in stable condition and responding to treatment.
“Similarly, on 29 Apr 16, our troops busted a Boko Haram terrorists logistics Base at Yerwa where rustled
cattle are held. The troops also raided Kaluketu and the self styled town of Abuja which is a BHT logistics
exchange points. At the end of the operation 4 x BHT were killed, 2 x AK
47 rifles with 29 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, one Dane gun,
bow and arrows among others were captured.
“In the same operation 2 x laptops computers and 6 mobile phones were
also recovered, including a truck and 5 x motorcycles.
“On 30 Apr 16, a major BHT IED making factory was uncovered in Ngala town.
Items discovered include 20 x gas cylinders of various sizes already bored
for explosive insertion, primers, bolt and nuts to make the IED lethal, gun
powder, electrical wires and tape recorders. However, no arrest was made.
“Also on 30 April 16, another fighting patrol was carried out by troops around WUMBI in KALA BALGE LGA. Own troops encountered Boko Haram
insurgents at TATAKURA village, 20km south-west of WUMBI. Consequently, 9
terrorists were killed in action while 2 motorcycles, 3 AK 47 rifles, 1 FN rifle, 1 GPMG, 1 RPG 7 bomb and
60mm mortar bombs were captured. Sadly, 5 own troops were wounded in action and are currently in stable condition receiving medical attention.
Maj Gen Lucky Irabor said the range of successes being recorded is not
without challenges but however see those challenges as opportunities.
He said military leverage on those opportunities has resulted in more successes and therefore enjoin the
press to be a part of the progress by contributing positively.