The Nigerian army has said its troops are currently consolidating on the successful capture of several areas in Northeast Nigeria, adding that the war on Boko Haram terrorism is almost coming to an end.
Speaking on Wednesday to newsmen in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor stated that the capture of the terrorists’ last stronghold was a pointer to the level of success recorded by the army.
The Major General also averred that the success was achieved not without cost, as the troops lost both lives and equipment.
Army Captures Boko Haram Terrorists’ Last Strongholds
Irabor said that since the September 27, capture of the areas, the army had consolidated its position by keeping the place safe.
He said: “As you know, Malamfatori is in our kitty; our troops are consolidating on the capture of Malamfatori, Abadam and Gashigar.
“The last time we met I told you that we were looking forward to capturing these areas which were the last strongholds of the Boko Haram terrorists, that we have done successfully.”
“Let me state that our capturing the area is not without cost, we have lost both lives and equipment.
“But what I can tell you is that even though we lost a few soldiers, those wounded are in stable conditions in hospital, the few of the equipment damaged have been repaired and returned to service.”
The theatre commander attributed the loss to the use of Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs by the terrorists.
“In the cause of the operation, we have the issues of IEDs which the terrorists used on the road which cost damage to our vehicles.
`By and large we have cleared them from the area.”
“But that does not mean that we will not hear from the Boko Haram terrorists again.
‘’No; there are other areas that we have not completed our operations, places like the Sambisa Forest.
“Of course there are several aerial bombardments going on right now that I will not want to talk about, there are other areas our troops are carrying out operations too,” Irabor said.