Nigerian troops ransack insurgent hideout in Bauchi

By Post Nigeria March 12, 2015 09:47

Nigerian troops ransack insurgent hideout in Bauchi

The Nigerian Army, on Wednesday night revealed that soldiers of the 33 Brigade have again sacked Boko Haram from Lame Burra Forest in Bauchi State.

A statement released by Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel Usman Sani, disclosed that all the camps in the forest have been destroyed.

It should be noted that in the past few weeks, the Nigerian Military has strongly stood its ground to clear the insurgents from the nation with the most recent successes recorded in several towns across the North East.

The troops just yesterday reclaimed Bama, one of the largest towns in Borno and a day after Lame Burra, a notorious hideout of the sect has also been recaptured.

According to the Nigerian Military statement; “Today troops of 33 Brigade Nigerian Army concluded the dislodgement and clearing of Boko Haram Terrorists from Lame/Burra Forest, which traverses Ningi and Torro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.

“During the operation which started since last weekend, quite a number of terrorists were killed, their weapons and equipment destroyed. Similarly, a sizeable number of arms, ammunitions, foodstuffs, Hilux vehicles, motorcycles and Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, were recovered by the troops.

“The recovery includes 3 Hilux vehicles, 12 motorcycles, 4 AK-47 rifles, 1 Fabrique Nationale rifle, 1 Small Machine Gun, SMG, 1 Police Teargas pistol, 36 Primed IEDs, 56 rifles magazines, over 500 rounds of 7.62 millimetre ammunition, 6 Jerrycans of groundnut and palm oil and several IED making materials amongst others.

“It will be recalled that the forest has been notorious hideout of the sect from where they organise raids, kidnappings and attacks on hapless and innocent citizens and security forces. With this the surrounding communities would enjoy increased peace and security in their respective areas.

“Impressed by the professional manner in which this unprecedented feat was achieved, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General KTJ Minimah, commended the troops for a job well done.”

The Nigerian Military remains unrelenting in its quest to flush out insurgents despite successes recorded in recent weeks. With the hierarchy looking to safely secure Nigerian territory at least before the general elections there is renewed optimism amongst the citizenry that they are indeed up to the task.