Nigerian troops in bullish mood get set for a trip into repossessed northern Borno
PHOTO CREDIT: HEATHER MURDOCK/VOA NEWS
9 December, 2013
AUTHORITIES of the 7 Division of the
Nigerian Army in Borno State have
adopted a new strategy to protect the
border villages and towns against
attack by suspected Boko Haram
It was learnt that residents of the border communities are cooperating
with troops by providing them with
more information on the modus
operandi of insurgents who usually flee into Sambisa Forest after their attacks and killings.
The Guardian learnt that the new strategy will also be used to protect
towns and villages in both the Sambisa Forest and its peripheries, comprising six local councils of Bama, Konduga, Damboa, Chibok, Uba/Askira and Gwoza, located 135 kilometres south of Maiduguri.
Speaking yesterday on the military
strategy, the spokesman of the 7
Division of Nigerian Army, Col.
Mohammed Dole, in an interview in
Maiduguri, said the military has to
change its tactics and strategy of protecting life and property in the state.
His words:“As the insurgents continue
to change tactics of attacking our
people in these border towns and
villages, including the ones that are
sited on the peripheries of Sambisa
Forest, our men have to change tactics with the adoption of new strategies to contain the incessant attacks and killing of innocent villagers.
Already, several villages and communities in central and southern Borno State have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency since the declaration of state of emergency on May 14, 2013 by President Goodluck Jonathan.
“The new strategy that we will
immediately adopt is the patrol of
Borno towns and villages on their
market days, including the 454-
kilometre Maiduguri-Damaturu, Biu-
Maiduguri, and Maiduguri-Gwoza roads of Central and Southern Borno State. The local people will furnish us with information on these market days, particularly on which they hold.”
He noted that most of the Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks and killings in towns and villages are carried out on market days. He listed Kirawa, Damboa, Barawa, Nguroshoye, Madayi, Gamboru/Ngala, Kawuri, Banki, Mainok, Mafa, Alagarno and Bulabulin Ngarnam as some of the
20 towns and villages attacked on their market days.