Nigerian soldiers and a Streit Spartan Mk.3 APC
PHOTO CREDIT: SIRIUS BLACK
* Expects the temporary evacuation of residents in conflict-affected areas
23 January, 2015
The Nigerian military has finalized plans to conduct a once and for all comprehensive operations” towards the elimination of Boko Haram terrorists in the parts of North East to the boarders of neighbouring countries, according to a military source.
International media and satellite images had indicated that areas presently under Boko Haram occupation could already be as large as Belgium. The source disclosed that political authorities disturbed by the activities of the terrorists especially after viewing the latest video from the terror group which claimed that it already had enough weapons to take on Nigeria and its neighbours, had endorsed the military plan and expressed full support for it.
According to the source, the determined onslaught had received the assurance of cooperation and support of Cameroun, Niger and Chad, which have now realised the danger posed by continuing to allow terrorists free movement across the borders.
The source disclosed that, “Nigerian military is reviewing strategy in the combat against terrorists to accommodate joint and combined operations with neighbouring military organisations. Massive deployment of air and amphibious assets are expected to feature in the operation. Preparatory to this mission,the Defence Headquarters has changed the General Officer Commanding the 7 Division which is the leading formation in the counter-terrorism campaign.
“The deployment for the mission is expected to facilitate the elimination of safe havens and escape routes of terrorists in or out of Nigeria. The arrangement has enlisted the support of the military forces of neighbouring countries towards ensuring that the plan to effectively block the terrorists for elimination while they are being pounded in the ongoing counter terrorism campaign is effectively attained”, the source elaborated.
The operation which is expected to commence very soon is expected to terminate well before the February 14 elections so that Nigerians living in every part of the country can vote in their towns and villages. However, it is expected that innocent citizens living in the areas where the terrorists presently operate are expected to have temporarily vacated any area infested by terrorists for safe towns away from the theatre of operations.
The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, declined to give details, saying the military would not relent in its efforts to restore peace to every part of the country as quickly as possible but that details of such efforts would not be disclosed now.
He however admitted that all the countries bordering Nigeria are willing to compliment the efforts in Nigeria as terrorism has remained a menace or threat to all in the region.