The Nigerian military has vowed that it will sustain its land and air operations in the North-East until the Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists are defeated.
The military, through the Multi-National Joint Task Force, stated this on Tuesday, noting that an ongoing operation, Yacin Tafki, had brought desperation and internal crisis to terrorists.
The MNJTF comprised forces from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
The Chief of Military Public Information, Col Timothy Antigha, said the Force was aware that there was internal crisis among the terrorists as the ISWAP “announced the sack of a former Boko Haram leader, Abu Al Barnawi, and the appointment of Abdullahi Al Barnawi.”
The military spokesman said the frequent execution of Boko Haram commanders and fighters during Operation Yacin Tafki led to the sect’s inability to replenish stranded fighters in the Lake Chad area of Borno State with food, drugs and weapons.
Antigha said, “As an aftermath of sustained air and land operations, information from captured Boko Haram fighters indicate that the leadership of Boko Haram terror network is currently in disarray.
“An integral part of Operation Yancin Tafki has been a series of well-coordinated day and night intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions conducted by the Nigerian Air Force and air forces of Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
“These air missions helped to destroy Boko Haram logistic facilities and fighters in Tumbum Gini, Arege, Tumbun Rego and Dagaya areas between last Thursday and Monday. During this operation, about 70 Boko Haram gun trucks and operational vehicles as well as weapons were destroyed.”