Operation Lafiya Dole: Major General Attahiru Highlights Successes Of Operation, Calls For Security Consciousness

The Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has disclosed that within one month of the Operation ‘Lafiya Dole’ , 19 Boko Haram terrorists were killed, 18 were arrested, 10 surrendered to the troop while 230 Boko Haram captives were handed over to various IDP camps.

Gen. Attahiru told journalists that the Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) which were inaugurated in mid-August 2017 have steadily gained momentum and have continued to ensure that the Main Supply Routes (MSRs) are adequately patrolled and secured on a daily basis.

He added that the troop, during the period under review, foiled several Boko Haram Terrorists’ suicide and other forms of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks.

“ It is rewarding to note that our operations during this period brought despondency upon the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and with the resolve by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE to tenaciously pursue their mandate, I want to reassure you that BHT will finally be brought to its knees in no distant time”, he said.

He disclosed that most of the activities of the BHT during the period were callously targeted at civilians in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps and remote communities with the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) mostly employed by the terrorists group against their targets, adding that the terrorist group also engaged in theft of livestock and kidnapping.

“However, own troops responded decisively to these terrorists activities by conducting clearance operations to deny the insurgents freedom of action. Troops also conducted operations to block BHT access to logistics supplies as well as replenishment. Furthermore, troops neutralize the BHT through robust fighting patrols and ambush operations. A total of 19 BHT were killed in combat while 18 others were arrested. Ten BHT surrendered to own troops during the period while 230 BHT captives were rescued and handed over to various IDP camps”, he said.

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He also disclosed that some of the operations led to the killing of 2 BHT key commanders, Afdu Kawuri and Abubakar Benishek in a successful operation on 1st of September, 20 17 at Alafa in Bama Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno state.

He added that a prominent commander of the terrorist group, Ba’abba Ibrahim and 2 other commanders died after sustaining injuries during their last encounter with the Army’s Special Forces in an ambush at Magumeri LGA of Borno state.

He also said that on 9th September, 2017, the troops at Mararaba Kirawa in Gwoza LGA of Borno state successfully repelled an attack by elements of BHT, killing one of the insurgents and recovering one AK 47 rifle.

“Also, troop of MST 3 on aggressive patrol along Road Damboa – Chibok arrested 2 BHT suspects, Huwa Abogu and Chiroma Kote between Gumsuri and Grijam villages with a Toyota pick-up van in which they concealed 5 motorcycles under a heap of sacks. As we are all aware, the use of motorcycles have been banned within the theatre of operation and as at today only BHT use motorcycles to perpetrate their crimes. Suspects are currently undergoing investigations to determine their mission and other accomplices”, he added.

He also added that the troops, during the review period, engaged in a number of civil military related activities to strengthen the support enjoyed from the host communities. He disclosed that the activities include repair of roads, Sensitization Programme on the Outbreak of Cholera, Provision of Medicare to Displaced Persons and Vulnerable Individuals, among others.

He however restated the need for all and sundry to continue to ensure that the relative peace and security achieved thus far within the Theatre is sustained through collective efforts. He also urged community and religious leaders to continue to sensitize their people on the need to always report any strange face or suspicious activity within their vicinity to the nearest security agency.

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“I also want to reassure members of the public that troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE would continue to remain undaunted in the pursuit of its mandate. In doing this, the troops would continue to be professional in the discharge of their duties in line with international best practices and with respect for national and international laws. The public is therefore urged to continue supporting the troops morally, spiritually and otherwise in the defeat of our common enemy which is the BHT group”, he said.

He also implored members of the public to be more security conscious, disclosing that the Boko Haram Terrorists are regularly changing their tactics to enable them sustain attacks on unsuspecting soft and vulnerable targets. He added that the use of bicycles and Digital Video Disks (DVD) to convey IED for suicide attacks are recent examples of some of these new techniques.

His words: “While we appreciate the larger members of the society for their continuous support in the fight against BHT, we will also want to observe that we still have some unscrupulous elements among the populace who are collaborating with BHT, mostly for pecuniary gains at the expense of the safety of their loved one. So, as you engage in your normal daily activities, be conscious of your environment. Remember, that security is everybody’s business and “When you see something and say something” many lives and properties would be saved”.

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