Twenty-eight (28) members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have been killed in Yobe State by troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO, a subsidiary of Operation Lafiya Dole.
This was confirmed in a statement by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko who noted that arms and ammunition were also recovered from the terrorists.
Onyeuko noted that the newly launched Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO was already yielding desired results based on success reports from operations carried out so far.
The statement reads in part: “Troops of the newly launched Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO a subsidiary Operation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East continue to obliterate elements of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals with uncommon ferocity.
“Latest encounter with the marauding Boko Haram criminals occurred on 9 January 2021 at Gujba LGA of Yobe State where the Gallant troops identified and encycled a Boko Haram criminals Ambush site.
“The troops from HQ Sector 2 who were led by the Commander Sector 2 and later reinforced by troops from 27 TF Bde Buni Gari and Special Forces Training School Buni Yadi tactically out-maneuvered the criminals and engaged them with superior fire power resulting in high casualty on the terrorists.
“In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 28 Boko Haram Terrorists were neutralized while few others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds.
“In the same vein, one Boko Haram Gun Truck was destroyed with its occupants while another Gun Truck was captured from the fleeing criminals.
“Other equipment captured from the criminals include; 2 Anti-Aircraft Guns, 13 AK 47 Rifles, 4 extra magazines and a Vulcanizing Machine.”
The statement, however, noted that one soldier was killed in the course of the operation while some others who were wounded are receiving medical attention at the hospital.
“Regrettably, one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while one other soldier was wounded during the encounter. Wounded soldier have been evacuated to a military medical facility and is responding positively to treatment,” the statement added.
Despite this, the statement noted that the troops are committed to dislodging the terrorists completely and ending their attacks on civilian soft targets.
“The renewed onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals by the dogged troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO is indicative of the end of all criminal elements within the North East.
“The troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO are highly commended for their dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts. They are also encouraged not to relent but build on the successes recorded.
“The entire populace of the North East region are hereby assured of the Nigerian Army’s renewed vigour and determination to crush the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in this zone,” Onyeuko assured.
Meanwhile, Naija Studio recalls President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted that Boko Haram insurgents and bandits in the northwest will be defeated before the year 2021 ends.
Buhari made this known when speaking during the Juma’at Prayer for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the National Mosque.
The president who was represented by the Defence Minister, Major General Magashi Salihi (rtd) called for prayers for the Armed Forces of Nigeria to enable them to end the war against insurgency.