Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole has recorded another major success yesterday in its air campaign against the Boko Haram Terrorists as two x F-7Ni fighter aircraft struck a terrorists’ location at Northern Borno.
The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, in a statement yesterday, said the location lies between Tumbum Rego and Malkonory and is about 25km from Kangarwa where own surface forces are currently harboured.
The location, Famuyiwa said, harbours Boko Haram terrorists’ makeshift structures and about four to six clusters of solar panels which are used by the terrorists to power communications equipment and for lighting.
He said the latest strike is part of the air operations conducted by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in support of the efforts by own surface forces and the Multi National Joint Task Force to rid the northern part of Borno of the remnants Boko Haram terrorists in an operation code-named “Operation Gama Aiki.”
He said: “The location, prior to the strike yesterday, had been under surveillance for sometimes but was reported active by a NAF Beechcraft aircraft on Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission.
“Thereafter, the Fighter aircraft were immediately scrambled for interdiction.”
According to Famuyiwa, the success of this operation is another major setback for the BHTs even as the NAF intensifies air operations in the Northeast against the insurgents.
More so, he said, it is instructive to note that the mission yesterday was conducted by crew amid the Salah celebration.
“This brings to fore the commitment of NAF personnel towards successfully bringing the hostility in the Northeast to an end within the shortest possible time,” he added.