Nigeria News: Army kill insurgents Recovers Livestock| Jeremy Spell Blog

The Nigerian army has recovered 147
livestock and killed many Boko Haram
insurgents in two separate operations in
Borno state.
The operations took place in Jentilo and
Gesada villages of Kukawa and Guzamala
Local Government Areas in Borno.
Brig.- Gen. Texas Chukwu, Director Army
Public Relations, said in a statement in
Maiduguri that the troops of Sector 3
Operation ‘Lafiya Dole’, in conjunction with
82 Task Force Battalion, on clearance
operations, killed the insurgents when they
(insurgents) tried to extort money and
rustle livestock belonging to the villagers.
Chukwu explained that some Items
recovered from them include 147 livestock
and two AK47 rifles.
He said that the troops returned the
livestock to the owners after proper
screening and confirmation by the District
Head and Civilian Joint Task Force
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen.
Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday restated that the
Boko Haram terrorists had been “highly
degraded” and that there has been no
resurgence of insurgency in the North-East
as being insinuated in some quarters.
Buratai, who spoke in Jaji at the graduation
of 55 Special Forces from “Advance Water
Markship Training”, however, said: “in
warfare, one must suffer some setbacks”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
that in the last few days, there have been
media reports of terrorists’ attacks on
troops in the North-East in which they
claimed a number of soldiers had been
The army, however, denied the attack and
loss of personnel.
Buratai was in Jaji in company of the
visiting South African Army Chief, Lt.-Gen.
Lindile Yam.
“You are all aware of the events in the
country, especially the security landscape
between 2013 and mid-2015.
“I am referring to the situation in the
North-East where a band of insurgents,
employing terror held sway over nearly the
entire region, including large part of the
North-Central and Northwestern parts of
the country.
“However, from middle of 2015 to date, the
insurgents have suffered high degradation.
They no longer hold any territory within our
sovereign state,” Buratai said.
He said that this was made possible by the
adoption of correct strategies, support by
President Muhammadu Buhari and the
goodwill of the people.
According to him, a professional army
should be capable of operating under all
conditions across all terrains and by day or
He said : “The nature of modern warfare
requires that an army must develop multi
capability to address all changes.’’
Buratai commended the graduating Special
Forces drawn from various corps of the
army for the completion of the training.
NAN also reports that the army chief
promoted all the 55 personnel that
participated in the training, saying it was
his reward for them, having endured the
rigours of the exercise.
He said the focus on effective training in the
last years also largely accounted for the
successes so far recorded by the army.
“It is pertinent to state that lessons learned
from our counter insurgency and counter
terrorism operations have to a large extent,
guided our training and operation plans,”
he said.
The South African army chief, having
watched a simulation attack on supposed
enemy camp by the graduands,
commended the Nigerian military for the
relations among the three services.
Yam noted that the strategies adopted by
the Nigerian military in addressing the
country’s security challenges were yielding
positive results.
He also praised Nigerians for their resilience
and being able to adapt to situations
wherever they found themselves.

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