The war against terrorism seem to be heading in the right direction as the military captured the spiritual power base of the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
During a thorough ten-day siege on Alargano forest, the troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces on Monday successfully captured what has long been considered the spiritual headquarters of Boko Haram in the Northeast.
While addressing a press conference in Maiduguri, Borno State on Tuesday, the head of the counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor said the troops offensive to capture Alargano since March 18 was successfully concluded on Monday.
He said the offensive commenced on March 18 at about 0900 hour with troops of the 3 and 7 Divisions, assisted by air bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).
Irabor further revealed that on several occasion their attempt was foiled due to planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the routes that lead to Alargano, he added that during the operation troops had to clear Yajiwa, Joba, Mosa, Ariwuzumari, Missene Sansan and Kagalmari villages, all on the fringes on the forest.
Irabor, however, revealed that the advance was halted several times due to planted improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along the routes leading to Alargano, adding that during the operation troops had to clear Yajiwa, Joba, Mosa, Ariwuzumari, Missene Sansan and Kagalmari villages, all on the fringes of the forest.
He said: “Our gallant troops finally entered Alagarno on March 28, 2016, during which several Boko Haram terrorists were killed along the route.
“This operation demystified the Boko Haram terrorists’ spiritual power base in Alagarno.
“Throughout the operation, the NAF monitored the operation, consistently resupplied the advancing troops and assisted in evacuating soldiers who were wounded in action.”
Irabor, while claiming that the military recorded tremendous successes against the insurgents, further disclosed that in the last one month, Nigerian troops also captured Kumshe. He said this was achieved in conjunction with Camerounian forces.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman who confirmed this in a statement, said preliminary investigations revealed that it was most likely the senior officer was killed on same day he was kidnapped by his assailants.
“This is because the body was found already decomposing around Ajyaita village, off the eastern bypass Kaduna in Kaduna State,” Usman said.