NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
27 February, 2014
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja on Thursday said that the military had embarked on specialised operation to flush out the Boko Haram insurgents from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj-.Gen. Chris Olukolade, made the disclosure when he briefed newsmen on
the security situation in the three states
under state of emergency. Olukolade said the new approach marked another phase in the operations which were designed to further curtail the terrorists’ activities.
“The specialised campaign, which has
commenced is being undertaken
simultaneously in Yobe, Borno and
Adamawa. “The operation is also in furtherance of efforts at apprehending the terrorists and ensuring that they do not escape out of Nigeria as they are now desperate to do,” he said. He said the seeming resurgent activities of the insurgents were at best a reaction to the renewed offensive against it.
“In desperation for money and food,they looted and burnt banks, shops and filling stations along their way through Michika as they headed for the Cameroon border. “Six of their fighters were killed, two captured while nine of their vehicles were destroyed; one soldier and three civilians also died in the encounter.
“It is believed that those involved in this latest attacks are elements that
perpetrated the mayhem against
students of the Federal Government
College, Buni-Yadi, Yobe, and other
places. “They have been holed up and are still engaged in suicidal fighting apparently with a view to attaining martyrdom status, as troops close in on the diehard ones among them,’’ Olukolade said.
He called on the citizens of the affected
areas, particularly border towns, to assist security forces by reporting any
movement of the group in their locality. He said that this would enhance military
operations and assist in apprehending or eliminating the terrorists.
Olukolade said that: “DHQ acknowledges, with grave concern, the recent mindless killings of innocent school children and other citizens in towns and villages following terrorist activities in some parts of the North-East. “The dastardly act has expectedly
attracted the reaction of well-meaning
individuals who have been condemning
the senseless bloodletting.
“Disturbing as this trend proves, the fact remains that the chilly episodes are
simply typical of terrorists intention to
intimidate the people into subscribing to their false claim to invincibility.