The Nigerian army has made some serious
progress in their fight against insurgency as
they identify a new Boko Haram base.
The Nigerian Army revealed on Sunday that it
will soon launch an attack on a remote Island
in Lake Chad where Boko Haram fighters now
use as their new operational base.
According to Premium Times, this was disclosed by the Acting General Officer commanding, GOC 8 Task Force Division, Stevenson Olabanji, when he visited troops of the 118 Task Force Battalion under his division at their frontline location in Gudumbali village of Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.
A statement issued by the spokesman of the
Task Force Division, Timothy Antigha, quoted
the GOC issuing motivational orders to the
Mr. Olabanji, a brigadier general, asked the
soldiers to always make sure their weapons
are serviceable as the strike order on the
secret Boko Haram location could be given at
He also said the awaited operation might be
the final one that would bring about the end
of Boko Haram insurgency.
Also, Mr. Antigha, a colonel and deputy director, Army Public Relations, said the final phase of the onslaught on the terrorists was evident.
The statement quoted the GOC as saying,
"The tempo of ongoing clearance operations
will be increased, so be prepared. You may be
ordered at any time to clear the remnants of
Boko Haram elements in the identified locations."
The Commanding Officer, 118 Task Force
Battalion, O.P. Oyekoke, had earlier outlined
the tasks of his battalion and assured the
GOC of the readiness of his officers and soldiers to discharge their duties in accordance with extant Nigerian Army regulations.
Mr. Olabanji was accompanied on the visit by
the Commander 7 Brigade, Olayinka Soyele, a
brigadier general, and Principal Staff Officers
of the Division.
Boko Haram insurgents, who are seeking to
establish an Islamic state in the North-east
region, have suffered massive loss of territory
in the hands of invigorated Nigerian troops.
However, the insurgents still carry out serial
suicide attacks on soft targets in the region.