Some stakeholders from 17 local governments in Yobe State have applauded Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and the nation’s military for restoring peace in the state.
The group, under the auspices of Yobe Progressive Association (YPA) consented that the troops have done extremely well in securing lives and properties in the state.
In a statement signed by its president, Hon. Mustapha Mohammed, on Saturday, the stakeholders said prevailing level of insecurity has improved as virtually all the LGAs are free from terrorists’ attacks.
According to the group, internal displaced persons have returned to their liberated communities and top government officials no longer flee the state for fear of attacks.
The group further saluted the efforts, personal sacrifices, inconveniences and sacrifices of the security chiefs and troops on the frontlines.
It, however, urged fellow Yobe natives to show solidarity with the military in its quest to rid other parts of the country of criminal elements.
Read full statement below:
We, the stakeholders in the 17 local governments of Yobe State have agreed to come out under a common banner to appreciate what the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai and the Nigerian military have done in securing lives and property in the state.
Before the appointment of Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff, most of us are not able to visit our hometowns during to the then prevailing level of insecurity as virtually all the local government areas were under the siege of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
The situation got so bad at a time that even the state capital, Damaturu, was no longer safe as the terrorists twice crushed the security barriers mounted against them and penetrated the state capital, gaining entry into the Government House.
It was only by sheer luck and providence that the govenor and other top government officials were not around, otherwise the story would have been different.
Life became unbearable for resident of major towns in the state like Potiskum, Geidam, Fika and Gashua while smaller communities became meat to the insurgents who attack, plunder and kill at will.
The popular livestock market at Potiskum was destroyed by the terrorists while schools were being invaded and burnt down.
Local governments areas like Potiskum, Fika, Geidam, Yunusari, Nguru, Tarmuwa, Jakusko and even the state capital, Damaturu, at different stages became frequent targets.
The terrorists have killed thousands of people in several communities in these local governments while several communities have also been sacked with thousands of people sent out of their homes while taking refuge in other places as Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
Bomb attacks on innocent citizens became rampant.
THE BURATAI DIFFERENCE
It was with the appointment of Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff, that we started noticing some changes in both the tactics by the military and the reaction of the insurgents.
Whereas in the past, the insurgents would hold entire communities hostage and wait to engage the military gun battle, we started seeing the insurgents fleeing at the sight of anything that has the appearance of troops.
The bomb attacks and Randolph attacks on schools stopped and the state began to function as normal as people resume their normal businesses.
Displaced persons in IDP camps returned to their liberated communities and the govenor and top government officials no longer fled the state capital but stayed to work for the people.
All these have been made possible through the leadership style, personal participation and regular visit of the Chief of Army Staff to the theatre of war thereby boosting troops morale as he inculcates on the troop advanced and sophisticated strategies.
The love Buratai has for Yobe is unmistakable.
Yobe State for instance, is one of the states Buratai first visited after his appointment as chief of Army Staff.
Buratai, who was appointed on Monday, July 13, 2015, but he visited Damaturu on Friday 17th and explained that he decided to visit Yobe State to boost the morale of troops fighting Boko Haram.
Any time the morale of troops goes down in the course of operations, the Army Chief is always on hand to lend his support. He, for instance in July 2018 , visited Jilli, Yobe State and remained in the Theatre of Operations to assess the operational development when troops were attacked in Jilli, which is a border town between Borno and Yobe states with close access to Niger Republic.
During the visit, Buratai said, “The attack in Jilli was very unfortunate but has been brought under control as our troops have since reoccupied the location and are exploiting ahead.
In April this year, the Chief of Army Staff again personally visited wounded soldiers who were injured in action during a confrontation between Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters and gallant troops of Nigerian military at Gorgi, Borno state, near Goniri in Yobe State.
This week also, The Chief of Army Staff, visited troops deployed to 27 Special Taskforce Brigade in Buniyadi, Yobe State asking them to pray for fallen soldiers.
Buratai’s visit to the north-eastern state on Friday is to boost the morale of troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgency where he also has a special Christmas luncheon with the troops.
He told the troops that, “As we mark this year’s Christmas, I want to encourage you to always remember and pray for the souls of our gallant departed colleagues who paid the supreme price in the course of their duties.”
THANK YOU BURATAI AND THE MILITARY
It is on this note that we the stakeholders in Yobe State saw the need to give credit to whom it is due, in this case it is to Lt.Gen Buratai and the military so as to encourage them to do more to achieve the little remaining to complete the good work started.
We appreciate the efforts, the personal sacrifices, the inconveniences and sacrifices on our behalf. We know that some of the troops have left their families to be in the bushes just so that our lives would be secured.
Some have been injured or maimed while some have been killed. We appreciate the fact that the Chief of Army Staff and the troops have despite all these not given up so we will continue to pray for them to succeed.
We urge all sons of Yobe State all over the world to detach themselves from Boko Haram. They should strive to live free and meaningful lives as there is no gain in terrorism.
The embarrassment the insurgency has caused us is enough and it is something we will continue to live with its consequences for a long time to come. It is time all Yobeans including Abubakar Shekau, who is from Yobe State, desist from such unfortunate engagement and return home.
Troops Foil Boko Haram Attempts To Infiltrate Dikwa Town
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.
Army Kill 8 Boko Haram Terrorists In Yobe, Borno
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.
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.
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.
“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”.
“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.
Onyeuko encouraged the people to avail the troops with credible information that would help in the execution of the operation.
Operation Tura Takaibango: 402 Special Forces Records Success Against Boko Haram Criminal, Capture Arms And Ammunition In Borno State
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.
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.
“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.
“In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 5 Boko Haram Terrorists were neutralized while few others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds.
“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.
“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.
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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