Ignore reports, no town under B/Haram control – DHQ

By Ayoola Mudasiru April 28, 2015 14:49

Ignore reports, no town under B/Haram control – DHQ

The Nigeria Defence headquarters has warned Nigerians against believing some media reports claiming that Mafa town in Borno State was under the control of the Boko Haram insurgent group.

According to a statement released on Tuesday, Nigerian troops repelled attacks from a group of fleeing terrorists who strayed towards the town. It also debunked the allegation that terrorists chased out troops from Marte.

    “The truth is that an attempt by a group of fleeing terrorists who strayed towards the town and engaged in their typical suicide attack was duly repelled by troops. Similarly, the claim by some media organizations that terrorists chased out troops and took over Marte cannot be verified as troops were busy elsewhere during the said attack,” the statement said.

The statement said the Military investigated the claims made in the false media reports and found no indication of the allegations.

    “All efforts to track the terrorists who were reported to have attacked the town have not indicated their presence as claimed.

    “Surveillance activities are however ongoing although there has been no indication of the large number of terrorists as being claimed in some reports attributed to anonymous sources.

    “The terrorist are certainly no longer capable of that level of coordinated action by thousands of terrorists as reported,” it said.

It also corroborated what the spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters, General Chris Olukolade, said on Saturday about the Military retreating from Sambisa forest.
Post Nigeria had reported that Olukolade debunked the rumours, saying they were the work of mischief makers.

Read also: No retreating from Sambisa, media reports, false – Olukolade

The statement concurred, saying, “Also, troops have not retreated from Sambisa forest as claimed by same sources. Rather, the operation is progressing and gaining increasing momentum towards clearing all terrorists’ hideouts in the forest.

    “It is noteworthy that it is becoming common for stories of attacks on some remote settlements to be fabricated and attributed to anonymous or unidentifiable source in remote places. This is apparently the work of terrorists’ sympathizers or propagandists.”

The statement concludes that the Military was committed to eliminating any insurgents’ hideouts left, and preventing further casualty from the civilian populace.

It urged the media to ignore unfounded and unverified reports from sympathizers of the terrorists.

    “Military operations to eliminate all terrorists hideouts are going on well and the terrorists are being seriously decimated. They will continue to be pursued and prevented from constituting danger to civilian population in their desperation for survival, suicide or publicity.

    “The media is advised to ignore fabrication being churned out by some terrorists sympathizers trying to encourage the terrorists who are in disarray.

    “The truth is that the operation to decimate them from Nigerian territories is progressing well. The military will not be dissuaded by the resurgence of false reports on the operations. The progress will be prosecuted as necessary,” he said.


Retirement of Officers

The Nigerian Army meanwhile maintained it remains strong despite the retirement of 31 Generals from the service, adding that it will not affect the on-going operations in the North East.

Post Nigeria reported earlier, the retirement of 31 generals including 17 Major Generals and 14 Brigadier Generals on Friday April 24.

This however instigated speculations that the pull-out would affect the operations especially after the refuted reports of Marte being retaken by insurgents emerged.