Three gun trucks belonging to Boko Haram terrorists have been demobilized by an airstrike conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Mainok in Borno State.
Several of the insurgents were also killed in the air operation.
According to a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, their interdiction followed an intelligence report on the movement of the insurgents.
The statement reads in part: “The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has dealt another blow on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) operating in the North East of the Country with the destruction of no fewer than 3 gun trucks and neutralization of several insurgents at Mainok in Borno State.
“The air operation was executed yesterday, 12 January 2021, the sequel to intelligence reports indicating that the BHTs, in several gun trucks, were traversing the Jakana-Mainok axis of the State.
“Accordingly, the Air Task Force scrambled NAF helicopter gunships to engage the convoy of BHT gun trucks and logistics vehicles. The helicopters delivered accurate hits in the target area, resulting in the destruction of 3 of the BHT vehicles, some of which was seen engulfed in flames. Several of the terrorists were also eliminated in the process.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will not relent until all enemies of the nation are neutralized and normalcy is restored to all troubled zones of the country”.
The Nigerian Army has approved a major redeployment of senior officers to reinvigorate the war against terrorism and other forms of criminality.
In a statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Sagir Musa, the exercise was to rekindle the spirit of professionalism and enhance the productivity of the Nigerian Army.
According to the statement, the posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai is a routine/normal exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater performance and effectiveness.
The statement read in part, “the posting saw the redeployment of Major General FO Agugo from Headquarters Nigerian Army Signals Corps Apapa Lagos to Defence Headquarters Department of Communications as Chief of Defence Communications, Major General M Mohammed from Nigerian Army Resource Center Abuja to Pronto Tech Nigeria Limited and appointed Managing Director, Maj Gen AR Owolabi from Defence Headquarters Abuja (Department of Communications) to Headquarters Nigerian Army Signals Corps as Commander, Major General A Bande is to remain as General Officer Commanding 8 Division Sokoto.
“Major General E Akerejola from Army Headquarters Department of Logistics to Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, Benin as Commandant, Major General UM Mohammed to remain in the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu and Vice-Chairman Nigerian Army Property Limited, Abuja, Major General CV Eze from Office of the Chief of Army Staff ( Nigerian Army Special Projects) to Army Headquarters, Department of Army Logistics and appointed Director Engineering Services.
“Major General OF Azinta from Defence Space Agency, Abuja to Defence Headquarters as Director Psychological Warfare, Major General AM Dauda from National Defence College, Abuja to Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans and appointed Director Policy, Major General AL Dusu from Army Headquarters, Department of Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army School of Artillery, Kachia appointed Commandant and Major General H Ahmed from Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police to remain as Provost Marshal (Army).