Military Captures Boko Haram’s Spiritual Home, Alargano

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·Abducted army colonel found dead
Senator Iroegbu in Abuba and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
After a ten-day siege on Alargano forest, troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces on Monday successfully captured what has long been considered the spiritual headquarters of Boko Haram in the Northeast.

Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri, Borno State on Tuesday, the head of the counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor said the troops offensive to capture Alargano since March 18 was successfully concluded on Monday.

He said the offensive commenced on March 18 at about 0900 hour with troops of the 3 and 7 Divisions, assisted by air bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Irabor, however, revealed that the advance was halted several times due to planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the routes leading to Alargano, adding that during the operation troops had to clear Yajiwa, Joba, Mosa, Ariwuzumari, Missene Sansan and Kagalmari villages, all on the fringes of the forest.

He said: “Our gallant troops finally entered Alagarno on March 28, 2016, during which several Boko Haram terrorists were killed along the route.

“This operation demystified the Boko Haram terrorists’ spiritual power base in Alagarno.
“Throughout the operation, the NAF monitored the operation, consistently resupplied the advancing troops and assisted in evacuating soldiers who were wounded in action.”

Irabor, while claiming that the military recorded tremendous successes against the insurgents, further disclosed that in the last one month, Nigerian troops also captured Kumshe. He said this was achieved in conjunction with Camerounian forces.

He said during the operation, 24 armed insurgents were killed. The weapons recovered from them included one truck mounted with an anti-aircraft gun, two AK47 rifles as well as 60 mm mortars.

He said the capture of Kala-Balge on March 23 by troops of the 22 Brigade in conjunction with the Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) battalion and Army Headquarters Strike Group (AHQ SG), was another major advancement in the ongoing war on terror.

He said the military remained steadfast in ending the war on a successful note and the recent video of Shekau stating that he had surrendered would not stop the military from stepping on the throttle to see the war through.
But at the military celebrated the capture of Alargano forest, the Nigerian Army announced that Colonel Samaila Inusa who was kidnapped on Saturday night was found dead at about 6 pm yesterday.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman who confirmed this in a statement, said preliminary investigations revealed that it was most likely the senior officer was killed on same day he was kidnapped by his assailants.

“This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village, off the eastern bypass Kaduna in Kaduna State,” Usman said.

He said arrangements were made to move the body to the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna.
He also promised that his murderers will be fished out to face the full wrath of the law.
“We wish to state in unmistakable terms that whoever was behind his abduction and murder would be fished out to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

  • Engr Moses

    God bless our galant soldiers!

  • share Idea

    Since last year, we were told that no territory was under BH but everyday army kept dishing stories of captured territory. What do we believe. Nigeria we hail thee

    • Ik Hammer

      Occupying a forest within a village is different from occupying local government areas.

      • Emeka

        I guess the forest is in the air and not within the numerous uninhabited local governments created by the Northern oligarchy.

        • Ik Hammer

          Mr emeka we have NigeriaIans from north, east,south and west fighting this fool’s. If from local governments, they have been defeated to villages. Our military and para military should be commended. To confront robbers no easy my brother talk less of who wan die and kill others.

          • Emeka

            I have been commending the military since the time of GEJ till today; but supporters of Buhari and APC made jest of the military. But today the same military they vilified are now their heros. These are modern day hypocrites.

          • Ik Hammer

            Dasuki and his cohorts caused the military embarrassment.

          • Emeka

            The arms the military is using today to prosecute the war against Boko Haram were bought by Dasuki; when you reconcile the amount he is being accused and the money spent on buying arms then you will come to realization that their is something fishy about this accusation. How can you believe that an intelligent officer like will be foolish enough to be sharing money meant for arms to everybody. Does not make same bloke! The fund raising of PDP fetched millions of dollars and most part of such fund was kept under the custody of Dasuki on trust, so he used that money for the good of the party. So my friend with time the truth will come out; it is already coming out.

          • Ik Hammer

            If the Said money belongs to pdp as u said, Mr dasuki won’t sing and give names of the beneficial of the Said funds to security agents.

          • Emeka

            Dasuki gave out names of those he gave out (PDP) money but did not tell us it was the arms money.

          • muazu wali

            Does PDP has an account with CBN? The ONSA has an account and all the money we have been talking about came from the CBN as and whenever requested for by the NSA.

          • Ik Hammer

            My broda if him na Santa clause when dey share billions of naira, make him bring for us na. Abi u no need money?

          • Emeka

            It was shared for election purposes just the way APC shared theirs too.

        • muazu wali

          I advise you to return to your history books.

          • Emeka

            Is Sambisa forest not part of Borno state.

      • share Idea

        So in APC’s dictionary forest is not a subset of territory. Nigeria we hail thee

        • Ik Hammer

          Is APC fighting the coward boko haram group? Are the innocent Nigerian, Cameroonians and Chadians killed politicians? When some people comment, i wonder if it’s jollof rice that is inside their head instead of brain.

        • muazu wali

          Kindly recall the situation when these criminals were sacking villages and hosting their flags. Presently they are binding in the forest from one point to another hinding their identity and without hosting any flags. That is what is meant.

          • share Idea

            Please can you remind me how many places they hoisted their flags towards the tail end of GEJ’s administration.

            In addition, please can you educate us on how the current administration is fighting BH without any new weapons as they have maintained that they are waiting for their budget to be passed, thus, proving that last administration actually bought weapons that has helped in degrading the BH

          • muazu wali

            Boko Haram occupied 21 Local areas in their hay days. The budget does not work like that. The new administration will continue to spend the funds allocated on previous budget. That is what APC DID.and ecause the money is properly applied we have achieved what we can proudly report now.

      • muazu wali

        IK. They were hiding and not even occupying any where. Leave the skeptics They never see anything good Nigerian.

  • kenny

    Sir, just as I don’t like to engaged people of some tribe in unnecessary argument so also will not fail to advise you to read the report very well with a view to understand the story as published on the action of our Nigeria soldiers clearing off of the Bomo Haram sect.

    There was no where the old reports said no territories but rather in the last reports that, more than 90% territories been occupied by the Boko Harsn sect before this last report and now the spiritual base of the sect now captured with other areas along the route as daily reported.

    No one forced foreign people in Nigeria to believe our soldiers but the true Nigerian not only believes in our soldiers and the report but also appreciate their professional disposition and determination to get rid of the sect in all Nigeria torrid oriels captured by the insurgence.

    Please note that we believe our soldiers and we will continue to believe them and also encourage them to do what a president of six years could not do.

    Thank you sir while I expect the usual insult and abuses as been the culture of some foreign tribe in Nigeria.

    • Emeka

      It is now you believe in the soldiers; I recall before Buhari entrance into governance you and your likes called our soldiers cowards who tucked their tails behind their legs and run at the sight of Boko haram. Today they are heroes what a hypochrite.

      • kenny

        Emeka, ha! Do you ever see me make any negative comment on the activities of our Nigeria soldiers before? Ol’boy na wah for you ooo. The only time I comment on our soldiers was when those innocent now pardoned shap were sentence to death and that I go against such judgement but never called those gallant guys a coward.

        Anyway maybe it is one other Kenny but not me, if you talk about the police, yes, I will never denying making negative comment about their backwardness, primitive approach to policing, corruption and bribery but not on our soldiers.

        I am not an hypocrite and as long as I put God first in all I do in my life, I will never be one who double faced.

        Thank emeka.

        • Emeka

          Its alright, maybe another Kenny.

          • Original Kenny 2016

            Yes ooooo Emeks…. I came across my fellow Kenny this evening and therefore change my username ID to ‘Original Kenny 2016’. How you dey my paddy and Ogom (My In-Law).

            Don’t be surprise oooo, my first born of 17yrs old was born to me by an Ibo lady from Awo-mama, ata-ikeduru in Imo state.

            However, your pally is from Isale Eko kingdom in Lagos island.

          • Emeka

            Very happy to know that you are not the fake Kenny; ogor i dey fine oh only say no fuel, no electricity, no water; heat wan kill person for Lagos here. I hope our daughter is doing you fine. Wish you all the best.

      • muazu wali

        The previous administration did not even believe at that time that we have serious security crisis. Consequently the army was neglected. There were to appropriate training, hardware and even welfare. When Buhari came things changed and of course we fully support them and praised them.

        • Emeka

          So the same soldiers you called cowards are now heroes. When the American soldiers were being defeated in Vietnam war; the Americans were solidly behind them, but here in Nigeria as long as you dont like the President then you can make a mess of the soldiers. Thats not the way to be patriotic.