Colonel Sani Usaman, army spokesperson, has given an update on the counter-insurgency operation during a news conference in Abuja on September 3, Thursday.
It should be noted that after the directive od President Muhammadu Buhari to neutralize the deadly Boko Haram insurgency in three months the Nigerian Armed Forces have increased their efforts.
Usman said the recent offensive operations carried out by combined forces, had destroyed the central command and leadership base of the insurgents.
Army’s spokesman added that its forces had left the insurgents with no formidable force. Usman said the objective of ending the reign of terror in the region in the shortest possible time, was not only possible, but a reality that Nigerians would soon come to live with.
He said soldiers involved in the operations have been directed to follow the terrorists to their last known hideout in line with the general objective.
Usman said: “I have no iota of doubt in my mind that our troops will wipe out the insurgents in the shortest possible time and we are committed to this target.
“You are aware that our troops recaptured Gamboru Ngala last Tuesday and are now consolidating, mopping up and preparing for the next offensive against the terrorists.
“It is gratifying to note that most of the terrorist group leadership, has been decimated, while foot soldiers are abandoning their masters, burying their weapons in the forest and seeking solace.
“It is the achievements from harmonised efforts that have confirmed our stand that the insurgency would be ended as soon as possible, ” he said.
Usman credited the achievement attained so far, to the strengthened cooperation among the security agencies, particularly the synergy between the army and the air force.
“I would like to acknowledge the commendable role the Nigerian Air Force plays in the fight against terrorism, alongside sister service and other security agencies,” he added.
“The bombardment of identified Boko Haram terrorists’ location, close air support, air surveillance and interdiction by the Nigerian Air Force, have enhanced the ongoing operation’s efficiency and successes.
“In addition to providing water and airlift of other logistics to the war front, the air force has been a force multiplier as troops are confident that they would receive quick medical attention when necessary.’’
The director assured that the military would do its part by ensuring that recaptured territories were secured well enough for the authorities to start renewal work.