CHEERING news came from the North East yesterday, as the military declared that it has so weakened Boko Haram insurgents that they do not have the capacity again to hold any Nigerian territory.
Also, the military revealed that troops have.......
destroyed all known terrorists’ camps and cells in the North East.
Revealing this, in his maiden media interaction in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information, Colonel Rabe Abubakar, stated that following the sustained air raids and ground action against Boko Haram, terrorists have been incapacitated and would soon be totally flushed out.
According to him, “these terrorists have been subdued, even if they are adopting other means and as they are restratagising, we are also doing same
“We have been coordinating on the air and ground assault to make sure that these terrorists’ hideouts are completely decimated. As I speak, all the terrorists’ camps have completely been wiped out. So right now, they are completely in disarray, having no command and control of where to plan. We have even taken over their camps and most of them have even abandoned their bases and blended within towns and communities. We have also apprehended some of them.”
The soldier said the military was making progress, boasting: “People should know that Boko Haram is no longer strong enough to hold ground. Very soon this issue of whether they are in control of any territory in Nigeria or not will come to the open. We must begin to think of the nation.
“I am assuring you that they will never again recapture the territory taken from them, because what is happening right now with the deployment of troops, equipment and morale will ensure that.”
Abubakar said that a lot of progress has been made as a result of new strategies adopted by the new service chiefs, including constant morale boosting visit to the troops on the front line. These visits, he said, coupled with the deployment of sophisticated weapons, have not only boosted the morale of the troops, but also practically introduced a new dimension on combating terrorism and insurgency in the North East.
He noted that emphasis are now placed on credible training and retraining on the sanctity of human rights observance and protection of the combatants in the battle fields, promising “an improved enforcement of rule and relations of the international standard.”
Abubakar revealed that mop up operations and mines clearance had been intensified in the liberated areas, just as necessary measures are being put in place to ensure that safety and security prevail in those places.
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