Saturday, 23 September 2017

Claims On Nigeria Territory: Army Denies, Say’s No Presence of Boko Haram in Seven Local Gov’s In Borno

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Nigeria Army under the platform of operation lafia Dole yesterday denied media report making the rounds which claims seven local government territories in borno state are currently under the control of boko Haram terrorist.
In a statement signed By the Deputy  Director Public Relations, Theatre Command operation lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu on  contrary claims of  Nigeria’s territories, he said nothing father from the truth.  

Nwachukwu said: “Boko Haram lacks the capability to hold any territory in the North East, hence its mindless attack on innocent and vulnerable civilians with suicide bombings, most of which were made unsuccessful by our vigilant troops.
“Our troops are, therefore, not waiting only to repel Boko Haram terrorists attacks, but are rather tactically deployed to deny the adversary freedom of action and access to logistics.”
He further stated that the claim that troops fighting the insurgents are inaccessible is fallacious because “theatre and formation Commanders routinely conduct working visits to troops in their formations and units within the theatre of operation.”
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The statement reads: “The attention of the Headquarters Theatre Command Operation, Lafiya Dole, has been drawn to a publication making the rounds in the prints and online media where it was mentioned  that ‘Seven Local Governments of Borno State were still under control of Boko Haram terrorists’; even though  the claimant failed to furnish members of the public with the names of those Local Government Areas.
“Obviously, this sweeping statement is not only an attempt to propagate falsehood, but a futile effort to misinform members of the public on the true security situation in the North East from a perspective of one who is evidently detached from the realities of the counter-terrorism cum counter insurgency operations in the north east.”
“It is very crucial to set the record straight by making it crystal clear that contrary to his opinions, the Boko Haram terrorists group does not hold or control any Local Government Area in Borno state or in the north east as claimed in the interview.
“These Local Government Areas have been liberated by troops of operation Lafiya Dole and the troops have continued to ensure security in these areas after routing out the insurgents. As a matter of fact, locals have been encouraged to return to their communities to resume their vocations and normal life. It may perhaps be needful to refresh memories by recalling that prior to the inauguration of Operations Lafiya Dole, the entire North East was infested with Boko Haram terrorists, who became emboldened to the extent of declaring a caliphate with headquarters in Gwoza town.
“All that has became history as the gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole came into the theatre, gradually but steadily decimating the insurgents and liberating held territories in a series of well-planned and coordinated joint ground and air operations.
 “These and many other operations have culminated in the degradation and incapacitation of the insurgent group. Apparently, this is the reason the terrorist group is striving to remain relevant by resorting to callously use women and children to carry out suicide bomb attacks on soft and vulnerable targets. Currently, Operation Lafiya Dole in its resoluteness is carrying out precursor operations that will lead to a final assault to decisively and finally put an end to the insurgency in the North East.

“Talking about logistical supplies, Operation Lafiya Dole regularly provides logistical support and replenishment to troops deployed in all locations and Forward Operational Bases through the normal channels, using our main supply routes.
Moreso, theatre and formation Commanders routinely conduct working visits to troops in their formations and units within the theatre of operation. Hence, the question of troops being inaccessible as portrayed in the said media reports is an irredeemable fallacy.

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