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Boko Haram return to Sambisa forest

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The Nigerian Air Force said on Thursday that the Boko Haram terrorists were back to the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State, but said its fighter jets and attack helicopters had bombed the terrorists’ hideouts 108 times between April and July, 2017.

The Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military operation in the North-East, Air Commodore Tajudeen Yusuf, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Yola, Adamawa State.

Yusuf said some of the challenges with the air operations were thunderstorms and rainfalls, which impacted negatively on some air operations during the period.

He noted that there were days that flights had to be delayed or cancelled on account of poor weather.

He stated, “Intelligence surveillance and Reconnaissance reports through the second quarter of 2017 indicated a gradual return of the Boko Haram terrorist activities to the Sambisa Forest. There have been sightings of a few Boko Haram activities in the Sambisa general area, particularly in Parisu.

“Hence, the air component conducted significant ISR missions in the Sambisa general area. On July 3, an air interdiction mission was conducted on Alagarno Camp. Several solar panels were seen on buildings in the location, which indicated that it was being used as a Command and Control facility.

“The NAF conducted air interdiction missions with the F-7Ni, Alpha jets, L-39ZA, Mi-17 and the Mi-35M attack helicopters to neutralise the Boko Haram terrorist targets within the theatre.

“A total of 108 air interdiction sorties were conducted from April to June 2017.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Thursday, regretted that the nation’s troops, fighting the Boko Haram sect, could not dominate the environment in the rainy season like they did during dry season.

Notwithstanding the challenge, Dan-Ali said efforts were ongoing to stop the ambushes regularly laid by the terror group.

The minister spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting which acting President Yemi Osinbajo had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Dan-Ali said the service chiefs were directed to move back to the Command Centre in order to be abreast of what was happening there.

The minister stated that it was resolved at the meeting that the government should procure more surveillance devices that would be able to see potential attackers from a distance.

Dan-Ali added, “We just finished a meeting with the acting President and the three service chiefs. We agreed that they should move back to the Command Centre and see what are the things happening there.

“We have also agreed that we should get more surveillance devices, cameras that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the position of our troops.

“Also, the rainy season is a difficult moment for us. We cannot dominate the environment like what we did during the dry season but effort is geared towards regaining our areas.

“We assure Nigerians that all these ambushes that are happening regularly would be stopped.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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12 Comments

  1. franca sinee

    July 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    that’s wonderful, please try your very best to help the society, thanks

  2. Blessing john

    July 30, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    God will help the gorvenment to evacuate this territories once and for all

  3. Empe

    July 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    The Nigerian air Force should bomp the Forest, does it
    means that a group of people can defit Nigeria arm forces? the answer is no but the officers and men should do the needful the time is too short, delay is denjerous.

  4. Bashir Suleiman

    July 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    The govt.should build a training ground for the military in Sambisa forest.

    • jay dee

      July 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      The government should establish a permanent military training ground in sambisa forest.

  5. Isaiah Daniel Eric

    July 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    yes

  6. omo

    July 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    let youths both arewa,Biafra &ododowa join hand nd government should provide equipment 4 them.

  7. kashanda

    July 30, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    They criticize previous government that they could not fight Boko haram.And now the Boko Boys are reterliating and fighting back to recapture sambisa.wat a shame.

  8. Nig

    July 30, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    why not bomb them all to eradicate the bad evil people in the nation

  9. OTU

    July 30, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    A group of people cannot conquer a heterogeneous country like Nigeria. let’s track the Book Harram down. Since they sworn that Nigerian will not sleep with two eyes closed, let there be no peace and mercy for them at all.

  10. Auwal Labaran

    July 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

    government should keep helping Nigerian army’s, with technological device’s so that they can overcome their shot coming challenges.

  11. Kazeem arabambi

    August 2, 2017 at 7:13 am

    may Allah make it easy for forces agencies

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End SARS: Masari Charges Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of Police Brutality

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#EndSARS: Masari Charge Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of SARS Brutality

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Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari of Katsina State has urged the 11 men committee Judicial Panel to give recommendations going forward to end police brutality in the state.

He gave the charge during the inauguration at Government House Katsina on Saturday.

He also tasked them to come forward with general recommendations that will promote an endearing relationship between the Nigerian Police Force and the general public.

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The panel of inquiry will be headed by Justice Abbas Abdullahi Bawale of the Katsina State High Court of Justice.

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Television Continental popularly known as TVC News is back on air after it was attacked by suspected hoodlums on Wednesday morning.

Recall that the host of popular ladies show ‘Your View’, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, had confirmed during the show on Wednesday that hoodlums had entered the premises of TVC.

The hoodlums had attacked the TV station a few hours after #EndSARS protesters were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers on Tuesday night.

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There were speculations that the TV station was attacked because of its link to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Workers of the TV station were rescued by Men of the Police Rapid Response Squad who were in the compound to offer protection.

 

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Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has lifted the 24-hour curfew on two major cities in the state following the outbreak of violence when the #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums.

Recall that on Tuesday night,  Aba and Umuahia went under curfew in a statement by the Governor.

However, following the return of calm to the affected areas, Ikpeazu directed that the curfew in the State be relaxed to now take effect from 6 pm to 6 am from Sunday, 25th October 2020.

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This was made known by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu.

The Governor also directed all markets in the State to be reopened during the day, while Market committees should mobilize adequate security teams to watch over the markets at night and during the day.

Governor Ikpeazu further directed all commercial tricycle operators to henceforth vacate the roads during the curfew time of 6 pm-6 am daily.

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