Paul Obi in Abuja
The Nigerian Army yesterday said it had commenced the construction of infrastructure facilities in the notorious Sambisa forest, formerly a Boko Haram’s enclave.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen Sani Usman, explained that the construction of infrastructure was in line with the resolved of the army top command to keep off remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
Usman said: “The Nigerian Army Engineers (NAE) Corps in a bid to actualise the directive of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, of holding this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC 2017) in Sambisa Forest, Borno State, has mobilised to site and commenced access roads clearance and the construction of ranges and other facilities.”
The COAS last month had made known the army’s intention to build infrastructure in the area by creating more access roads, bridges and amenities.
Many Boko Haram terrorists often used the Sambisa forest as their hideout, where they come out to attack vulnerable neighbouring communities and villages.
The aim of the construction of the facilities, according to the army headquarters, is to purge out all traces of the terrorists who used the area as their strategic base.