Following the battle with Boko Haram insurgents to secure Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, which the terrorists tried to invade, the Nigerian military has said large cache of weapons was captured from the terrorists, with massive casualties also recorded on their part.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade confirmed this is in a statement. According to him, the terrorists attack on Maiduguri the early hours of Sunday was quickly contained.
He assured that the situation is calm now and mop up operation in the affected area is ongoing.
Olukolade also explained that there are ongoing operations being coordinated under the Multinational Joint Task (MJTF) arrangement to dislodge Boko Haram from the occupied towns in Borno and Adamawa states.
“The terrorists are meant to be engaged in all fronts, including their previous safe havens and hide outs in the region”.
According to him, the MJTF’s latest offensive is in line with the arrangement for a comprehensive and coordinated military operation with inputs by military forces in the Lake Chad Basin Commission namely Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.
He added that the terrorist positions including Bama, and possibly Gwoza and Baga are being pounded from the land and air, with mop up operations taking places in areas that have been liberated.
“The terrorists who in their disarray strayed towards Bama, Ngom, Alou, Delwa and Mafa in the night have now been effectively contained. Mopping up operation is ongoing”, he said.
The weapons recovered from the terrorists include two armoured vehicles, two artillery guns and also 17 Hilux vehicles.
“Several terrorists also died…and the affected locations have been secured and soldiers wounded are being treated.
“Patrols and pursuit of fleeing terrorists is continuing in coordination with allied forces,” Olukolade said.