The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has increased the tempo of its air strikes in the north-east in an operation code-named ‘Operation Gama Aiki’, aimed to rout Boko Haram terrorists from the troubled area that borders Chad and Niger Republic.
The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said in a statement on Sunday that the new phase of the offensive by the NAF is an integral part of the ongoing counter-insurgency operation and a follow-up to Operation Crackdown launched some months ago with the sole objective of taking over the Sambisa Forest and other Boko Haram strongholds.
According to Famuyiwa, “Operation Gama Aiki is a follow-up to Operation Crackdown that was terminated a few days ago”.
He noted that the latest offensive is a “collaboration between our own surface forces and the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to rid northern Borno, particularly the area around the Lake Chad Basin, of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that relocated northward from the south as a result of Operation Crackdown”.
He said that NAF, since commencement of Operation Gama Aiki a few days ago, has intensified air operations in the northeast.