In less than three weeks, the works of the military men under the aegis of Joint Task Force (JTF) in tackling the Boko Haram menace has been very impressive. Although there are pockets of isolated attacks here and there in the troubled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where state of emergency has been declared, the general result is that the military, indeed, has been able to rout the Islamic insurgents. Like drunken snails, the insurgents are being picked with appreciable ease.
In fact, since the operations of the JTF intensified in the said states, the attacks have been highly minimal. Gone are the days that the insurgents had a field day attacking public places with reckless flourish. Not anymore. And we have the military operations to thank. No body is regretting the declaration of the state of emergency in the affected states.
It is even more so that trained military dogs are further assisting the military intelligence to screen insurgents who want to infiltrate the army. It all shows how desperate and unrelenting the Boko Haram members can be. To think of infiltrating the army!
What is clearly evident in the feats of the JTF is that given the right motivation and equipment, our law enforcement agents can deliver the goods. I am even happier that thus far, there has been no reported case of abuse or operating outside the rules of engagement. This is even when the army has suffered some casualties. We can only encourage the army to sustain the tempo of professional output such that the malaise of terrorism will be permanently stamped out of the land. It is this hope that is prompting new talks that the State of emergency is not likely to last as long as six months as prescribed by the constitution.
To our men of the JTF, Bravo!