An unnamed source told Punch that the military decided to commence the operation as a measure to help make the Northeast safe for the upcoming elections.
The Nigerian Air Force reportedly started raiding the forest on Monday, while simultaneous surveillance activities and raids by the military were ongoing.
“The military has started the operation in the Sambisa Forest; the operation started on Monday.
For now there is no specific cases of arrest, we don’t have that information now. The Air Force has been operating in the area since Monday. It is after that that the ground troops who are on red alert would move in.
Also, a source close to a security office strategic to the operations of the Federal Government said on Wednesday that a lot of activities were going on simultaneously in the Sambisa area and other parts of the North East,” the source said.
The publication further reports that “…it was gathered that the military authorities are combing the Sambisa Forest because of intelligence reports that some of the insurgents who were dislodged from some of the communities were withdrawing into the forest.”