Military Launches ‘Operation Crackdown’ Deep Inside Sambisa Forest to Rescue Chibok Girls

  • To clear remaining BH enclaves
  • Deploys mine-clearing, EIDs-countering equipment

Senator Iroegbu and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

The Nigerian armed forces has, in a final onslaught against the Boko Haram, deployed ground and aerial forces deep inside Sambisa forest aimed at clearing the remaining terrorists’ enclaves and rescuing the hostages, including the Chibok girls.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, disclosed this on Monday while fielding questions from journalists at the Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC), Maiduguri, Borno State.

Olonisakin, who was flanked by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said that the special operation, which has been ongoing for the past five days now is codenamed ‘Operation Crackdown’.

According to him, the visit of the Service Chiefs and other principal officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces is to appraise the success of the onslaught as well as address the emergent challenges.

He said: “We are reappraise the operation that is ongoing. It started some days ago and we are here to appraise the level of performance of that operations. This is to actually see how we can address the issues we face in the operations.

“This operation is to actually clear out Sambisa, which is codenamed ‘Operation Crackdown’. The operation is on course and like I said, its five days gone now. The issues that are being encountered by the troops can be addressed so that the momentum can be sustained.”