Sallah: Final Defeat Of Boko Haram, IPOB, ESN, Others Is Within Sight - Buhari - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, May 1, 2022

Sallah: Final Defeat Of Boko Haram, IPOB, ESN, Others Is Within Sight - Buhari

•••As Joint Air, Land Forces In Lake  Chad Kill  22 Boko Haram Fighters

Buhari appraising security situation       yesterday

| The Daily Crucible | Monday, May 2, 2022

As the Holy month of Ramadan reaches its end and Muslims mark the Eid, President Muhammadu Buhari sends his best wishes to Muslims in Nigeria and across the world celebrating the occasion:

“After a period of fasting and reflection, this year, we have cause to welcome the occasion in hope. The battle waged against terrorists who falsely masquerade under the name of Islam is approaching its conclusion,’’ said the President.

“The fight has been long and hard. Final victory is within sight. Boko Haram and its offshoots’ final embers are now fading.

“Last month, the leader of ISWAP was killed in an airstrike. Since the New Year, thousands of fighters have surrendered to enter rehabilitation programmes. The territories they used to occupy are now seeing the return of those who were forced to flee their barbarity. Normality is finally beginning to return to the Northeast. It is a long process. Yet it is one we are, together, now embarking upon.

“With the designation of bandit groups as terrorists, the challenges of banditry and kidnapping are being tackled differently in the North-western and North Central states where the latest military acquisitions and the Armed Forces are being fanned out across the region to thwart acts of terror.

“The administration is equally getting impressive reports of the special operations to curb crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the South-South, with millions of illegally refined products being impounded and illegal refineries destroyed.

“While we are making progress cleaning the environment, some evil people are busy causing more pollution and destruction.

‘‘In response to the disturbing rise in criminal attacks targeting law enforcement and public facilities in the South East, concerted military operations to rid the region of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) elements have, in recent weeks, led to the overrunning of IPOB/ESN. bases… "

Meanwhile, troops of the Multi-national Joint Task Force, MNJTF have neutralized twenty-two Boko Haram terrorists following increased aggressive patrols and mounted offensives on criminals’ hideouts in Lake Chad.

The Chief of Military Public Information, HQ MNJTF N’Djamena Chad, Lieutenant Colonel Kamarudeen Adegoke, disclosed this known in a statement.

He stated that the task force cleared the villages of Bourame and Magoume, saying that nothing of security significance was found with the villagers carrying out their normal routines.

The statement said, “The troops of combined Taskforce Mallam Fatori/Damasak at forwarding Operations Base, Arege drawn from MNJTF Sectors 3 and 4 (Nigerian and Nigeriene troops) have continued with aggressive patrols from 27 April 2022 to dominate and put pressure on the criminals.

"With multiple sorties against the terrorists’ positions, Air Taskforce gave effective close air support and attacked the criminals to enable ground forces to access thitherto well-defended terrorists’ strongholds in the vicinity of Tumbun Rago.

“Despite strong resistance by the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs), the ground troops charged through several obstacles and cleared the mined routes which made them come in contact with elements of the BHTs

“After the operational engagement which was firmly supported by the ATFs of OPHK and the MNJTF, a battle damage assessment clearly revealed at least 22 BHT were neutralised, twelve (12) AK47 rifles, 1X Mortar 60mm and large catches of ammunition of different calibres were recovered.

“The TF continued to the Kirta Wulgo and Tcholl settlements suspected to have Boko Haram terrorists hibernating there but the terrorists fled before the arrival of own troops.

“Makeshift shelters saw there were destroyed by the gallant troops.

” The combined ground and amphibious operations have exacted much pressure on the terrorists denying them freedom of movement and action and this would be sustained by the highly spirited troops.”

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