Nigeria Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has declared that Boko Haram has been defeated.
The Nigerian Army Chief said that his troops have managed to push Boko Haram back in the northeast. Nonetheless, he also stressed the need for the Nigerian army to remain vigilant and prepared in case jihadists decide to adopt new strategies. During an interview with NAIJ.com, Burati explained that their military operation in the northeast is now critical. “The terrorists have been defeated. These criminals may rear their ugly heads through other means.”
Since last year, the Nigerian army has been waging an active war against Boko Haram. Last December , Nigerian Defence reported that its troops from the 25 Task Force Brigade managed to drive the terrorist group from hideouts and enclaves during a fighting patrol along the Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State.
During the encounter, the troops reportedly managed to kill 3 suspected Boko Haram terrorists including terrorist leader Ameer. Following the encounter, troops recovered an AK-47 rifle along with 43 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition, five Dane guns and a Grinding Machine. They also found two Boko Haram terrorist flags that were hoisted. At the same time, troops from the 7 Division Garrison who were on patrol at Mainari Village in Mafa Local Government Area had killed 9 Boko Haram terrorists during an encounter and managed to recover four AK-47 rifles as well as a pump action gun. Both patrol teams have since made continued presence in the said areas.