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Nigerian Air Force Destroys Terrorists’ Logistics Facilities, Gun Trucks in Northeast Nigeria

Nigerian Air Force Destroys Terrorists’ Logistics Facilities, Gun Trucks in Northeast Nigeria

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Nigerian Air Force Destroys Terrorists’ Logistics Facilities, Gun Trucks in Northeast Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force on Sunday said it has successfully knocked out some logistics facilities and other structures belonging to elements of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Bukar Meram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

A statement by the force signed by the Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said similar bombardments were carried out in Gubio local government area of the state where one gun truck was destroyed and some ISWAP fighters were eliminated.

He said the bombardments were in continuation of the Operation Decisive Edge of the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, a codename for the special operation in northeast established to end the over ten years of Boko Haram terror.

Air Commodore Daramola disclosed that the attack at Bukar Meram was executed on Monday 9 March 2020 on the heels of Intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists had resumed using the settlement to store their logistics supplies. He said the ATF dispatched its fighter jets accordingly to attack the location, with their munitions hitting and destroying the identified structures.

Daramola further stated that, on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, fighter jets and a helicopter gunship scrambled by the ATF to provide close air support to ground troops at Gubio neutralized an ISWAP gun truck and some of their fighters as they attempted to beat a retreat after they were roundly defeated by a combination of air and ground fire.

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The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction group of Boko Haram, is growing in power and soread in northeastern Nigeria. According to the International Crisis Group, the radical Islamic group has “notched military successes and made inroads among Muslim civilians by treating them better than its parent organisation and by filling gaps in governance and service delivery.”

Nigeria has come under serious security threats since Boko Haram declared itself an anti-government group bent on establishing the Islamic system of government in the country.

Since the major clash between the group and security operatives in 2009, the group has attacked and killed over 20,000 people, and abducted several others, including 276 school girls from Chibok and another 110 in Dapchi, Yobe state.

But, the Nigerian government has promised to end the reigns of the insurgent group.

In 2015, the government under President Muhammadu Buhari had claimed to have technically defeated Boko Haram, and that it had rescued several persons who were held captive by the group. But, soon after that, the group started launching attacks, forcing the government to go into negotiations with Boko haram. The negotiations included swapping some of the commanders of the group who were in government’s custody with citizens it abducted, major among whom were the Chibok school girls and also the Dapchi school girls.

However, the renewed attacks by ISWAP and Boko Haram which have led to heavy casualties in the Northeast has attracted criticism from some quarters. Many believe the negotiation deal brokered by the federal government with the insurgents has strengthened their forces.

The government of President Buhari has also been criticised for releasing “repentant” Boko Haram members who have been rehabilitated.

A. S. AGAMAH

A. S. Agamah is a journalist and has been practicing in Nigeria for about a decade. His interest cuts across politics, economics, health, sociocultural issues and community reporting.

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