President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his fight against Boko Haram insurgents into the dreaded Sambisa forest. Members of the Nigerian Army launched what it tags a final final offensive against the dreaded sect. The Army hopes to discomfit the rebels and rescue the Chibok girls.
Speaking at a press conference, The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, revealed the latest onslaught of the Buhari Administration against Boko Haraam.
According to General Abayomi, “We are reappraising the operation that is ongoing. It started some days ago and we are here to appraise the level of performance of that operations. This is to actually see how we can address the issues we face in the operations.
“This operation is to actually clear out Sambisa, which is codenamed ‘Operation Crackdown’. The operation is on course and like I said, its five days gone now. The issues that are being encountered by the troops can be addressed so that the momentum can be sustained.”
The theatre commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor stated that “wish to address you today given that you are valued stakeholders in the quest for peace and stability in the North East of Nigeria. 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 BH. Meanwhile, the outcomes of major operations in other areas are as follows:
“During a clearance operation, troops of 29 Task Force Brigade rescued an 80 year old man in Shaltimari village, Borno State yesterday 1st May 2016. The elderly man, he suffered untold hardship in the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists who killed all his children while in captivity.
“Troops also 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.
“Also on 30 April 16, another fighting patrol was carried out by troops around WUMBI in KALA BALGE LGA. Own troops encountered BHTs at TATAKURA village, 20km south-west of WUMBI. Consequently, 9 BHT were killed in action while 2 motor cycles, 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.
“The Air Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has conducted several missions with series of sorties in support of the general operation within the Theatre. Such include air interdiction missions and armed reconnaissance resulting in destruction of several BHTs hideouts and suspected logistic storage depots.”
The entire operation is aimed at freeing the captured Chibok girls.