Nigerian army boasts of complete defeat of terrorists
Maj Gen Nicholas said the army have broken the heart and soul of Shekau’s group, taking over the camp and its environs.
The theatre commander, operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, made this known on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“We have broken the heart and soul of Shekau’s group, taking over the camp and its environs," Nicholas boasted while inaugurating the Nigeria-Cameroun Military joint mission.
Nicholas also disclosed that troops under the operation “DEEP PUNCH II” had on Friday, February 2, 2018, dislodged and occupied the insurgents’ tactical ground “Camp Zairo”.
“My soldiers are in the heart of Boko Haram enclave that is Camp Zairo. The gallant troops have taken total control of Sambisa forest.
“They are on the run and we are pursuing them to wherever they go. This time around there is no place for escape anywhere.
“We had earlier asked those of them that want to surrender to do so and we are still asking them to come out and surrender otherwise they are going to meet it the hard way,” he said.
Nicholas used the opportunity to call on the insurgents and abducted persons in the bush to come out and surrender to the troops, promising that they would not be harmed or killed.
Boko Haram members are fleeing their hideouts
Earlier in the week, the Nigerian Army said that Boko Haram members are fleeing their hideouts in the North-East.
The the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen Sani Usman, who made this known, also called on Nigerians to report any suspicious movements to security agencies.
Usman said that the terrorists are on the run, adding that they are might hide in nearby communities.
The Army spokesman also said “Evidently, the fleeing terrorists will want to take cover and begin to filter into isolated communities."
In the early days of 2018,the Nigerian troops destroyed Boko Haram’s tactical ground, Camp Zero, in the ongoing clearance operation to dislodge remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa Forest.
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