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  • Updated: May 20, 2024

Army commander lauds troops for neutralizing Boko Haram insurgents

Army commander lauds troops for neutralizing Boko Haram insu

The Nigerian Army's acting General Officer Commanding, Brig.-Gen. Abubakar Haruna, praised the troops for their recent success in driving out Boko Haram insurgents from Sambisa Forest.

Haruna, who also serves as the commander of Sector 1 of the Nigeria Army, commended the frontline troops during a visit to the outskirts of Sambisa forest in the Konduga Local Government Area of Borno on Sunday. 

He specifically applauded the troops for clearing insurgents’ strongholds in various areas within the Sambisa forest, including Lawanti, Ukuba, Farisu, Sabil Huda, Njimia, Garin Gulukos, Garin Falluja, Shababul Ummah, Garin Pannel Bitter, and Lagara Anguwan Gwai Gwai.

Haruna attributed the success to the efforts of troops from Operation Hadin Kai Joint Task Force, particularly the special forces troops of 21 Armoured Brigade, Bama, the Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF, and the Hybrid Forces. He urged them to maintain their momentum and continue their efforts.

The commander also declared a 10-day operation to further sustain the onslaught against the insurgents hibernating in the forest.

Haruna said the military exercise tagged: “Operation Desert Sanity III” is to clear remnants of terrorists in the forest.

He said the troops had so far rescued 383 women and children while many others were expected to surrender in the coming days. 

“The Chief of Army Staff is highly pleased with your performance.

“You have done your best. You have sacrificed yourselves to ensure peace and normalcy return to the North-East. This is a wonderful outing, and we are very happy.

“We have to stop whatever we are doing and come here to let you know that we are with you always. To know what you people are doing so that we can have a feeling of what you people are going through,” he said. 

Haruna commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja for his support which translated to the successes recorded by the front-line troops.

He also lauded the theatre commander, North-East Operation Hadin Kai Joint Task Force, Maj.-Gen. Waidi Shuaibu, for his strategic guidance and supervision.

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