Nigerian Military Deals More Devastating Blows On Boko Haram,Recovers Weapons

THE Nigerian Army yesterday said Boko Haram insurgents fleeing the onslaught by troops met their waterloo in attempt to enter Gombi town, Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa, on Monday evening.
This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, in Abuja, by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman.
Usman said the insurgents were engaged by troops of 23 Brigade of Nigerian Army in a gun battle which led to the killing of quite a number of them.
He said the operation also led to destruction, as well as recovery of vehicles, motorcycles, various calibres of weapons and ammunition.
He listed the weapons destroyed and recovered to include four Hilux vehicles, three anti-aircraft guns and one 50 inch browning machine gun.
“Others include 5,000 rounds of 12.7 millimetre ammunition, two boxes of .50 inch ammunition, 1,000 rounds of light machine gun ammunition, one rocket propelled grenade 7 tube, as well as one general purpose machine gun.
“Unfortunately, one soldier was wounded in the encounter and he is responding to treatment,” Usman said.
He added that troops were mopping up the area to prevent further incursions by the terrorists.
Meanwhile, troops have recaptured almost all towns in Adamawa State earlier held by insurgents, except Madagali, headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of the state, the GOC, 3 Division, Major-General Fatai Alli, has said.
Alli disclosed this when some newsmen were taken on a guided tour of liberated towns in Hong, Mubi and Michika local government areas of the state.
Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Ogunkolade, who led the tour, said it was to give newsmen the opportunity to see the situation on ground.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that some of the recaptured towns included Hong, Kaala, Makera, Mararraba Mubi, Maiha, Mubi North, Mubi South, Uba, Kudzum, Bazza, Michika and Shuwa.
The GOC said operations to recapture Madagali were ongoing, vowing that all territories held by the terrorists would be liberated soon.
Alli attributed the successes recorded by troops in the war against the insurgents to recent acquisition of weapons, better co-ordination, motivation and training of personnel.
“Boko Haram had been substantially degraded; flow of arms and ammunition to them had reduced drastically and their financial support had been blocked by financial measures adopted by the international community,” he said.
Also, Brigadier-General Victor Ezeugwu, the Commanding Officer, 28 Task Force Brigade, Hong, described the recapture of Mararraba Mubi as a “watershed” in the fight against Boko Haram in Adamawa State.
Ezeugwu said the town was a strategic supply route for the insurgents.
He said the brigade had also captured over 100 insurgents and handed them over to relevant security agencies for further investigation.
NAN reported that among the three towns visited, Michika was the most hit by the terrorists, as most structures in the town had been destroyed.
NAN also reported that residents of the affected areas had not returned as of the time of the visit.
In a related development, the Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmadu, has restated his call on his subjects to return, saying the area had been secured by the military.
Ahmadu told newsmen who paid him a visit at his palace that it was important for the residents to return so as to help in the rebuilding process.
“I plead with the people of Mubi to come home so that we can develop Mubi,” he said.
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