Army Responds To Report Of Attack On Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau
Posted On May 4, 2017
The Nigerian Army has responded to reports of attack on the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram Group, Abubakar Shekau.
A report by AFP had said that the evasive leader of the sect was injured and one of his deputies killed in an air strike in northeast Nigeria.
But while the army did not confirm categorically if Shekau was indeed injured and his deputy killed, it said the Nigerian Air Force has been carrying out aerial bombardments which has resulted to quite a number of the terrorists either killed or injured.
“There were enquiries on alleged wounding one of the Boko Haram terrorists group factional leaders. As you are aware, the Boko Haram terrorists have been on the run, but now they have nowhere to go. We wish to confirm that there are on going clearance operations in various parts of the north east by the military, Director of Army of Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman said in the statement.
“The Nigerian Air Force specifically has been carrying out excellent aerial bombardments with utmost precision to the point that they have destroyed the Boko Haram terrorists logistics, weapons, equipment and neutralized quite a number of terrorists in Mangusum, various parts of Sambisa including Balla and Parisu.”
“The ongoing renewed combat readiness and good efforts by the Nigerian Air Force are indeed very commendable as it led to recovery of high calibre weapons and further decimation of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists. There were indications that quite a number of the terrorists key leaders have either been killed or wounded.”
“Efforts are ongoing to further confirm the details from our troops who have been involved on Operation DEEP PUNCH.”
Usman also spoke on the efforts of the army in expanding military-civilian relation with the installation of a water point in Buni Yadi.
The Nigerian Army Special Forces School (NASFS) at a brief ceremony handed over the Water point established for a community at outskirts of Buni Yadi, Yobe State which was drawn from the industrial borehole sunk the school.
The water point was handed over to Lawal Abubakar Adam of Fulatari in Buni Yadi by Brigadier General MG Ali, Commandant of the NASFS. Present were the ward heads of the 4 benefiting communities.