A Nigerian Army Special Forces commando deployed on counterinsurgency operations with the Multinational Joint Task Force in the far northeast of Nigeria

8 April, 2014

The Multi-National Joint Task Force fighting insurgents in Nigeria’s northeast has foiled a planned attack on communities around the Lake Chad area by terrorists believed to be members of Boko Haram.

A statement by the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, says a timely distress call saved the communities already besieged by terrorists in search of food. The terrorists, who were said to
be heavily armed, scampered for
safety on sensing the approach of troops before they could carry out their mission, the statement read.

Arms left behind by fleeing terrorists were recovered by the troops which had started a cordon and search operation in the area, with a view to
apprehending any of the terrorists that could be lurking around.

Meanwhile, Major General Olukolade said the assault on terrorists’ enclaves in Sambisa forests and surrounding
locations is continuing. “Operational activities around Wala, Gwoza, Pulka and environs have been intensified. “Encounters resulting from air and land strikes and an ambush of troops on patrols in the area have resulted in the death of scores of terrorists and loss of five soldiers including an officer,” he said.

The forces are gaining more ground in the counter terrorism operation in the northeast that had witnessed series of attacks by the Boko Haram group, a development that had resulted in the declaration of the state of emergency in three states.

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, last month, ordered the troops to rid the forests in the region of terrorists and had also stressed the need for Nigeria and neighbouring countries to review treaties on border control to empower the military more in the fight against the insurgents who penetrate Nigeria through the border countries.


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  1. rka says:

    This is the right thing to do. Keep up the pressure on all fronts and it will only be a matter of time before BHs capability will be severely curtailed. Then go in for the kill and don’t allow for re-organisation or any stalling ploys.

  2. Eeben says:

    Well done men! However, let us not assume that BH only requires an enemy-centric approach. I suspect that the situation is far more complex than just that and will require a multi-dimensional approach.
    Pressure is good to keep an enemy off balance but we should not assume that simply because we think he is off balance, we hold the advantage. Relentless pursuit and destruction of the enemy is but one factor in this war.
    That does not in any manner or form detract from the good work the armed forces are doing.
    Well done!
    But let us also never forget the men who gave all for the freedom of your country and our continent. RIP for your task is done.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Thank you Oga Eeben for your words of exhortation and commendation. As you can see, individuals with the levers of authority keep tabs on this medium. Your valued views, together with those of the other Ogas, are worth their weights in gold chest in the push to overcome the enemies of our dear Nigeria. Please, hold-your-corner-tight here, as we say in Nigerian Creole. Stay Blessed.

  3. father says:

    welldone gallant soldiers

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