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“Operation Crack Down”: Troops Block Insurgents’ Movement In and Out of Sambisa Forest

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Chief of Army Staff General Tukur Buratai

Chief of Army Staff General Tukur Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday said ground troops had blocked movement of Boko Haram terrorists in and out of Sambisa forest.

Buratai stated this while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after monitoring troops’ deployment at Banki junction in Borno.

He said that “Operation Crack Down” which is the mission to clear Sambisa forest of Boko Haram Terrorists began on April 27th 2016 and had been successful as the troops were making steady progress in dismantling the remaining Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa.

“The troops are doing very well; they had some challenges in terms of encounters with the terrorists in the theatre but that is being tackled. The troops are forming a blocking force to prevent the terrorists from moving into Sambisa or coming out of the area. I am here to see the ground forces and how they are doing; so far so good, but there is tremendous operation going on presently inside the main Sambisa forest,” he said.

He also said that he was at Banki to confirm the movement of troops and equipment and to observe the situation in the “theatre”.

Buratai said that the location of troops at Banki junction was significant in the military operations to restrict movement of the insurgents from outside the country through Cameroon or Chad.

“We were together with the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Air Staff in Maiduguri where the theatre commander briefed us on the ongoing operation crack down. This Banki junction is a major route that links the north to the south and is also bordering Cameroon; it is also a link to Chad Republic. It is a major route which the Boko Haram insurgents have been using to move between the Sambisa forest and the northern part of the country, up to the Lake Chad waters. So, it is an important location which has tactical, strategic as well as operational significance to what we are doing in this region,” he said.

The army chief disclosed that ground troops supported by Nigerian Air Force fighter jets would continue to hit the forest until the insurgents were eventually cleared.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, and the Army and Air Force chiefs met behind closed doors in Maiduguri on Monday to appraise the Sambisa operation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

3 Comments

  1. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    May 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    The whole sambisa should be blown off!!!

  2. honey omo lekki

    May 4, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    @ Uncle Gwe Gwe Gwe, lol

    Bravo to our military, they are trying. May God be with you always and give you the much awaited victory

  3. ElessarisElendil

    May 4, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Defeating the terrorists is just the beginning, but glad for the continued good news, hopefully the government continues to expand its competence to other areas.

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