NIGERIAN ARMY DEPLOY 4 ADDITIONAL BATTALIONS TO BORNO AHEAD OF A PLANNED OFFENSIVE; NIGERIAN AIR FORCE JETS, POLICE SURVEILLANCE HELICOPTERS ALSO ON STANDBY

Nigerian Army Special Forces commandos and a BTR-3 APC seen for the first time in Nigerian service

Nigerian Army Special Forces commandos and a BTR-3 APC

NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
2 May, 2014

FOUR different battalions, a little more than a brigade of the Nigerian Army, have been moved to and are currently taking positions in and around all the access routes into and outside Sambisa forest in Borno State, where the recently abducted schoolgirls have been confirmed to be holed up with their captors.

Also, fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force, as well as police surveillance helicopters had been mobilised and were waiting for the command to begin the joint security operations for rescue efforts of the girls.

Owing to the nature of the operation which will result in soldiers and security agencies encountering booby traps, landmines, ambush and other unknown traps from the side of the terrorists, it was gathered that Air Force fighter aircraft, helicopter gunships and police surveillance helicopters would carry out round the clock missions, to ensure its success.

Nigerian Tribune gathered that since the forest shares borders with towns in Adamawa, Yobe, Borno and Cameroon, the different battalions would each launch their offensive from these locations.

It was gathered that because of the high calibre nature of the arms and explosives in the hands of the terrorists, including rocket propelled grenades and technical equipment that could shoot down aircraft, the Federal Government had made available to the security forces night vision equipment, in case the terrorists decide to move the girls by night.

Speaking on insinuations making the rounds that most of the girls might have been moved to Chad, Cameroon or abroad by the terrorists, a security source said “all I can tell you is that since the incident happened, the borders close to Sambisa have been fortified and a lot of cordon and search operations have been ongoing.”

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8 Responses to NIGERIAN ARMY DEPLOY 4 ADDITIONAL BATTALIONS TO BORNO AHEAD OF A PLANNED OFFENSIVE; NIGERIAN AIR FORCE JETS, POLICE SURVEILLANCE HELICOPTERS ALSO ON STANDBY

  1. drag_on says:

    I think our forces believe the girls are still in the forest,contrary to what most think. B-H has been silent on the propaganda side too. If the International community want to help bring about the end game.Let the cut off the Chad,Niger and Cameroon exits,and we flush them towards the French controlled forces in those countries. B-H cant be dwelling in more than 300-400 km radius of the Sambisa forest.

  2. eniola says:

    i still believe in the nigerian military. terrorism is not beans!

  3. giles says:

    i wish dem luck

  4. rka says:

    This shows that contrary to what a lot of people have been saying, they have been on the case. God’s speed.

  5. Oje says:

    Its about time. Simultaneous air and land assault from three fronts.

  6. ozed says:

    The girls are obviously no longer in the forest. if they were, an all out assault would result in a bloodbath.

    Anyway lets see what happens.

  7. Tope says:

    Hmmmm dis Operation is indeed goin to be heavy, I believe they have Trapped Boko haram in Sambisa and are tryin to make sure 100% the girls are not in the forest, The NET strategy I like a lot, attacking from Borno will mean Troops from 7 Division, MNJTF will close in from Chad and Surround Sambisa while Battalions close in from Gwoza and Mandara Mts bordering Cameroon, Odas will troop in from Yobe (after capturing n stoppin a major attack) while the last battalion will close in from Adamawa, with the mention of NVG, our Special Forces boiz will be leading dis Attack, I pray it is successful…..God Bless you Nigerian Army, Bring those Girls Safe home.

  8. Number one says:

    The NA should as a precaution make videos of this operation for propaganda purposes.

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