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Sack of Service Chiefs is Not The Answer to Nigeria’s Security Challenges

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By Comrd. Musa Mohammed, Editor

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President Arewa Media Practitioners.

There is no doubt to any objective mind that relative peace and security have been attained in Nigeria with the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari and the subsequent appointment of the reigning Service Chiefs.

While before Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office as president of the country, Nigerians wouldnt forget in a hurry how boko haram terrorists has inflicted on the country heavy rain of terror especially in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and the Federal Capital territory, Abuja among other places.

While the media remains agog with litanies of public outcries and unjustified condemnations against the service chiefs over occasional resurgence of insecurity in the North West and North east, resulting in rising clamour for the sack of Service Chiefs, there is the need for logical introspection over the desirability or necessity for the removal of service chiefs.

To start with a brisk look at the general picture of the insecurity issue in Nigeria highlights a problem spanning a decade and traversing the respective tenures of many service chiefs before the ascension of the current heads of the armed forces.

Needless to recount here, there were deadlier attacks, far more devastating than what we recently experienced in borno, Katsina, niger and Yobe states. Attacks and bombings really foreclosed every opportunity to conduct business operations by the roadside and at market places, attend schools or workplaces, let alone enjoy travelling opportunities.

With the appointment of the current service chiefs, relative peace and security have been achieved. In my opinion, it is an open issue that among the heads of the military in this country, one of them has since their appointment proved himself to be outstandingly exceptional especially in the areas of military leadership. It is apparent that Gen tukur Buratai has been so much committed, focus and untiring in the efforts to destroy boko haram’s terrorism and other sundry crimes across the country.

Gen Buratai, in all objective human calculations has rejuvenated and restored the capability and willingness of the army personnel to fight. Troops no longer abondoned their positions and equipment on sighting the marauding insurgents. Gone are the days when troops remain on the defensive locations – thanks to the ingenious creation of super camp which has allowed for the needed mobility, flexibity, concentration of forces, equipment and efforts as well as the required force protection as troops are mostly mobile on patrols, carrying the battle to insurgents’ camps and hideouts killing hundreds of them in the process. The nation must have noted the way chief of Army Staff led offensive operations in the north east for over two months with resounding succeses where over 1500 terrorists were reportedly eliminated to the extent that the leader of the terrorists Abubakar Shekau was reported to have requested for a cease fire like a weeping terrorists’ commander which he is.
Recall that unlike before, the spate of civilian and non civilian casualties quickly subsided and military counter-insurgency began to record progressive victories on a regular basis.

Boko Haram fighters who were in control of 22 Local Government Areas have since been flushed out with the effective recapture of the areas.

Despite the occasional setbacks, the appointment of Gen Buratai and the entire heads of the military has therefore yielded some remarkable succeses in the battle against terrorism in Nigeria.
In fact, while MOONLIGHT NEWS has been following the progress of war on terror with keen interest, as have been the AREWA MEDIA PRACTITIONERS, our last visit to some parts of both Yobe and Borno States revealed striking features of security improvement in many of the areas and the people showed strong signs of support and appreciation for the success of the Nigerian Military operations in the North East.

Hence, if the reckless killings and bloodshed have been the ugly side of the matter, and the immense operational lapses in security strategies are the bad ones then the remarkable achievements recorded under Buratai, and the other service chiefs whose replacement guarantees no certain outcome are the good side of the present service chiefs, who obviously deserve our collective patience, prayers and support.

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Troops Foil Boko Haram Attempts To Infiltrate Dikwa Town

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The troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have decisively routed elements of Boko Haram Terrorists and their Islamic State of West Africa Province(ISWAP) counterpart who attempted to infiltrate and attack Dikwa town in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The terrorist groups who stormed the town in an unconfirmed number of gun trucks and motorcycles were visited with heavy bombardment and overwhelming firepower by troops of 81 Task Force Battalion with reinforcement from other formations of the Nigerian Army and aided by air support of Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

The terrorists attempted to invade the town to loot food items and other logistics having got wind of the recent food distribution to residents of the town by the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.

They came in their droves through the Marte axis but could not gain access to the town due to the combat readiness of troops who were positioned there.

The terrorists subsequently lost initiative as they were cut off completely following the recent successful recapture of Marte town by the gallant troops.
In desperation and to scare off residents from returning to their homes, they planted series of landmines on the roads which were also detected and successfully detonated by troops.

Consequently, the Army Headquarters wishes to debunk the unsubstantiated reports on social media suggesting that the terrorists attacked UN Base in BORNO, trapping 25 Aid Workers as published by some outlets.

Those false and sensational reports are clearly aimed at stirring up tension in the region and diminishing the glaring efforts and sacrifices of the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency.

The COAS, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, has commended the efforts of the gallant troops’ and the prompt response of the Air Task Force in providing air interdictions throughout the operation.

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Army Kill 8 Boko Haram Terrorists In Yobe, Borno

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The Nigerian Army says it’s troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO a subsidiary Operation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East has killed 8 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in Yobe state and Borno states.

The Army says its troops also destroyed several terrorist’s hideouts, gun trucks and recovered cache of arms and ammunition belonging to the terrorists.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter

The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, in a statement on Tuesday said the troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO has continued to degrade the Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals as they eliminate more Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists in their enclaves at Chindila town in Yobe State and Mayankari in Borno state respectively.

TURA TAKAIBANGO is a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole, set up to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the North East.

 Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter
Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter

Onyeuko said the troops had on 25 January 2021 at about 1pm, the gallant troops of 233 Bn located at Babangida on an aggressive clearance patrol made contact with Boko Haram criminals at Chindila village.

According to him, after the decisive encounter, the troops neutralized 5 Boko Haram terrorists while some escaped with gunshots wounds.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter
Neutralized Boko Haram criminal during the encounter

“Items recovered include; 3 x AK 47 Rifles, quantity 5 x Magazines,17 Rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. The gallant troops are in pursuit of the enemies and have continued to dominate the general area” he said.

Onyeuko also disclosed that on 25 Jnauary 2021 at about 4pm troops of 151 Bn, 202 Bn and elements of Multinational Joint Task Force on fighting patrol made contact with some Boko Haram marauding criminals at Mayankari.

“In a swift and aggressive response, the troops engaged the terrorists with heavy gunfire and the process neutralized 3 Boko Haram criminals while others escaped with gunshot wounds”.

Captured AK 47 rifles from the Boko Haram criminals during the encounter
Captured AK 47 rifles from the Boko Haram criminals during the encounter

“Items recovered include: 3 x AK 47 Rifles, 1 x Solar panel and 1 x Improvised Explosive Device making equipment. The troops thereafter destroyed their hideout after the encounter and exploiting the general area in search of the escaped criminals”.

Onyeuko commended the troops for their continued dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts.

He also assured the people of the determination of the military high command to finally rout the remnants of Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals from their enclaves.

Captured AK 47 magazines from the Boko Haram criminals during the encounter
Captured AK 47 magazines from the Boko Haram criminals during the encounter

Onyeuko encouraged the people to avail the troops with credible information that would help in the execution of the operation.

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Operation Tura Takaibango: 402 Special Forces Records Success Against Boko Haram Criminal, Capture Arms And Ammunition In Borno State

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Troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO a subsidiary Operation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East continue to obliterate elements of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals with uncommon ferocity as they overrun Abbagajiri and Dusula towns in Damboa.

Captured communication items from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter

Latest encounter with the marauding Boko Haram criminals according to the acting Director Defence Media Operations Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, occurred by 0835hrs on 20 January 2021 at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State where the Gallant troops identified and encircled some Boko Haram criminals’ enclaves.

Captured Food stuffs, some Improvised Explosive Device materials and clothing’s among other items from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde

“The troops of 402 Special Forces Task Force Brigade led by the Commander engaged them with superior fire power resulting in high casualty on the terrorists.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State.

“In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 5 Boko Haram Terrorists were neutralized while few others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds.

Captured grinding machine from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter

“Equipment captured from the criminals include; one Pulemyot Kalashnikova Tankovyy(PKT) Gun, 3 AK 47 Rifles, 4 extra AK 47 Rifle magazines and a Vulcanizing Machine. Other items captured and destroyed includes food stuffs, some Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials including the criminals’ hideouts and clothings among others.

Captured weapons from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State

“The renewed onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals by the dogged troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO is indicative of the end of all criminal elements within the North East.” He said.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State

He commended the troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO for their dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts.

General Onyeuko further assured the entire populace of the North East region of the Nigerian Army’s renewed vigour and determination to crush the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in this zone.

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