In a move against insurgents, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), have neutralized a total of five Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin region.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Chief of Military Public Information Office, N’Djamena, Chad, Lieutenant Colonel Kamarudeen Adegoke, other suspects escaped in varying degrees of gun fire injuries, with the troops still on their trail, while five young men abducted by the terrorists were also rescued by the troops.
TheFact Daily gathers that while equipment were recovered from the terrorists, the troops were also able to cut supply of sensitive materials to the terrorists.
Adegoke stated that troops of MNJTF Sector 4 (Niger) on 9 January, while on patrol along Kara – Diffa Road, intercepted 4 persons suspected to be Boko Haram/ISWAP logisticians conveying about 1000 litres of fuel cleverly concealed in plastic bags inside a Toyota Highlander Jeep.
“The fuel was being transported from Maine Soroa to the Lake Chad Islands possibly to suspected Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals. The sum of Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N650,000) was also recovered hidden in the vehicle. Suspects and exhibits are in custody of MNJTF Sector 4 for further investigations”, he said.
In another incident on 11 January, MNJTF troops of Sector 3 (Nigeria) deployed in the general area of Kwatan Turare near Baga gallantly repelled an attempted infiltration by the Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals. With their superior firepower, the troops at the end of the encounter neutralized 2 terrorists and recovered one Rocket Propelled Grenade, 7 bombs, 2 60mm Mortar bombs, 36 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 7 Mortar chargers and 2 wooden canoes. The canoes were promptly destroyed.
Recounting another incident, the statement said, “Similarly, on Sunday 15 January 2023, unspecified number of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists also attempted to stealthily infiltrate Monguno in MNJTF Sector 3 (Nigeria) in the small hours of the morning but met the gallant and alert troops who engaged the criminals in a fire fight forcing them to withdraw in disarray.
“The unrelenting troops pursued and engaged the criminals along their withdrawal routes neutralizing 3 criminals while many fled with gunshot wounds.
“The troops also recovered one AK 47 rifle and 2 magazines after the encounter. Regrettably, a soldier paid the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty in this encounter.”
On the rescued victims, Adegoke said the five young men suspected to have been abducted when they strayed into the bush in search of firewood, were rescued by the troops, while 5 brand new Boxer motorcycles were also captured from the terrorists during the encounter.
The statement said efforts were being made to ascertain the origin of the motorcycles and how they were smuggled into the Lake Chad Islands, while the rescued men were being profiled in the Sector Headquarters before further processing.
In another development, the statement further disclosed, a total of 70 terrorists surrendered to troops of Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger) and troops of Sector 1 (Cameroon), adding that the surrendered terrorists would be treated in line with standard procedures for such surrenders which would include interrogation and profiling by the relevant authorities.
Meanwhile, the Force Commander (FC) MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim, satisfied with the efforts of the Sectors of the MNJTF, has enjoined the troops to continue to maintain resilience and the offensive posture “until the criminals surrender totally or are defeated completely.”
While reaffirming that the terrorists have been severely degraded and there is need to finally finish them off, the FC also reminded the Force of the obligation they have to observe international humanitarian laws and to be professional at all times.
He praised the courage and determination of the troops of the MNJTF and their Commanders. He also paid tribute to the fallen hero and passed his deep condolences to the soldier’s family.
“He called on the population of the Lake Chad basin region domiciled in the 4 countries to continue to support the MNJTF and other security forces and to always pass useful information to the forces on activities of these criminal elements to help bring this conflict to an end”, the statement said.