By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Nigerian military has intensified efforts to clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in some hideouts in the North-eastern part of the country with the soldiers of 121 Task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade, carrying out a clearance operations at Dure district this weekend.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, however, in a statement yesterday, said the troops met stiff resistance from the terrorists during the encounter.
“They however overcame and cleared Dure 1, Dure 2 and Jango, Dibiye and other suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts within the general area of the district.
“Three soldiers however sustained injuries as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). They were immediately evacuated for medical treatment and are in stable condition,” Usman said.
During the operation, he added, troops killed several terrorists and recovered two hand held Motorola radios one of which was booby-trapped, materials for making improvised explosive devices and destroyed several grains storage facilities.
Also, he stated that another combined team of units under 26 Task Force Brigade based in Gwoza same day cleared Amdaga Makaranta and Amdaga Madachi of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
According to him, during the encounter two Boko Haram terrorists fighters were killed.
Usman quoted the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brig-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, to have disclosed that prior to the clearance operation, Dure 1 and 2 were Boko Haram strongholds in the mainland of Sambisa forest.
According to Ezugwu, the operation further revealed the new and desperate strategy of Boko Haram terrorists; hiding their logistics especially grains for the rainy season in dugouts and the use of hand held radios primed with IEDs as booby-traps.
He promised that the Nigerian military was confident that God that gives victory is helping the military to decode and frustrate all terrorists’ evil plans and machinations.
The GOC further noted that it was the military’s determined objective to ensure that the menace of Boko Haram is consigned to the dustbin of inglorious history in the annals of Nigeria’s corporate existence as a nation.
“It is imperative to state that we shall not rest on our oars in implementing the directives of our indefatigable Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai, to ensure that Boko Haram terrorists are completely defeated and their remnants are cleared wherever they may be hibernating,” he said.
In another development, a British Army Team led by Col. Brown paid an official visit to the GOC in his office in Maiduguri at the weekend to discuss areas in which they can assist the Nigerian military to succeed in the fight against terror.
Brown assured the GOC of the British government’s unflinching support in finding a lasting solution to insurgency in Nigeria.
In his remark, Ezugwu stated that 7 Division was presently succeeding in clearance operation in order to make the North-east and Nigeria safe.
He urged the team leader not to relent in assisting the command in terms of logistics, medical and intelligence.
The high point of the visit was the presentation of savenior to the visiting team leader.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri Rt Rev Oliver Doeme Dashe, has commended the military for their hardwork while crushing insurgents in the North-east.
Dashe made the commendation when he paid a visit to the GOC 7 Division Nigerian Army, Gen. Ezugwu.
He noted that the people of the North-east had lost many souls during the insurgency, he further said the Boko Haram terrorists had destroyed homes and rendered many people homeless and jobless.
He thanked the military for their scarifies and used the medium to pray for the souls of the departed.
The Catholic bishop praised “the gallantry of the military for liberating communities and urged them not to relent in their efforts until peace bounces back in Borno State, ‘The Home of Peace.”
The visiting Bishop urged the GOC to command with the fear of God.
Responding, the GOC thanked His lordship for his kindness and prayers. He noted that his fatherly prayers as he resumes command have resulted in success in crushing the insurgent. He thanked the Bishop for the visit.