The Nigerian Army has published the photograph of 100 suspected insurgents declared wanted by the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, made a public show of the suspected terrorists in Maiduguri on Wednesday at the closing ceremony of a three-day engagement, organised for Army Public Relations Officers from across Nigeria.
The Army Chief said that troops on the front lines are doing all can could to put an operational end to the counter terrorism war.
Lieutenant General Buratai, however, said that the insurgents had been greatly decimated, assuring Nigerians that ‘the Army is winning the war’.
Nonetheless, he stressed the need for the recognition of the sacrifices being made by federal troops on the front lines.
Lieutenant General Buratai urged Nigerians to show patriotism and support the efforts of the Nigerian military by providing information that would lead to the arrest of suspected insurgents.
338 Boko Haram captives
Meanwhile, Nigerian troops, backed by Air Force fighter aircraft, have successfully raided several camps belonging to the terrorists. The troops have rescued 338 abductees, including men, women and children.
During the encounter leading to the rescue of the abductees, 34 terrorists were killed at the camps located at the fringes of Sambisa Forest.
Military authorities confirmed that among the 338 rescued persons held captive by the terrorists were eight males, 138 females and 192 children.
They have since been taken to Mubi for profiling as well as for medical administration.
Giving further details of the operation, the Army headquarters, in a statement by Colonel Sani Usman, said: “Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Bitta and Pridang, carried out a successful raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages along Bita and Damboa road at the fringes of Sambisa forest on Tuesday.
“Troops also recovered arms and ammunition during the operation: They include one General Purpose Machine Gun and two Dane Guns, 150 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), six boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) and three cutlasses.
“In a related development, troops, based on a tip-off, ambushed and killed four suspected Boko Haram terrorists on a suicide bombing mission to Gubula, Madagali Local Government Area, Adamawa State.
“Apart from two AK-47 rifles recovered, the troops also recovered some Unexploded Ordinances, UXOs, mortar bombs and N153,385.
“It is worthy to note that the raid operation on the Boko Haram enclave coincided with the Chief of Army Staff’s operational visit to the Brigade Headquarters in Mubi.
Information about the “wanted suspects,” according to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, could be given via 0818155888, 08160030300 and 07053333123.
Inter-agency rivalry hampering anti-Boko Haram war – KANO EMIR
Former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday, frowned at what he called unhealthy rivalry among security agencies in the country in their fight against insurgency. He said if not checked, the trend could derail government determination to end Boko Haram activities in December.
The Emir spoke at the second edition of Nigeria Security Exhibition and Conference held in Abuja, sponsored by the Nigerian Communications commission, NCC, and other agencies.
Sanusi, who was represented by an Assistant Inspector General of Police (retd) and the District Head of Albasu Kingdom in Kano State, Bashir Albashir. He said that such trend was not the way to go in tackling terrorism of that nature.
Calls for cooperation
He called for cooperation among all the security forces, which he said must complement each other in exchange of intelligence and relevant information relating to security matters.
His words: “I spoke about cooperation among security agencies. Police is a physical security, while Civil Defense is also physical security known and seen by everybody.
“But the Department of State Services, DSS, is undercover security.
“There must be opportunity for the two to complement each other. The DSS will get information and depending how relevant the information is, if it is not sent to Police, they should pass it to the army.
“This understanding and cooperation is what will move us forward, not competing among themselves and saying I am superior to you. That will not help us go anywhere.”
Suggest solutions to insecurity
He advised government to initiate purposeful programmes that will enable the country tackle corruption, poverty, injustice and ignorance, arguing that such steps would surely provide a lasting solution to the current insecurity in the country.
According to him, “terrorism did not start from the air; there are breeding grounds like ignorance, poverty, injustice and corruption. If government is fighting insurgency in the field, in Sambisa Forest and other places, it must also address these fueling agents at the background.
“There must be purposeful programme to tackle corruption, which the present government is doing. Unless we are able to do these, it will take us time to stamp out terrorism.
“The intelligence unit must cooperate with the police so that we can tackle terrorism. What we need is prevention before striking and we cannot prevent the attacks without intelligence.”