Troops in Sambisa Forest
Nigerian Ground Troops in Sambisa Forest

Troops Remove Boko Haram Flags from Trees, Receive Goodwill Message on Yuletide

The relentless clearance and other offensive operations being conducted by the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE against remnants of the Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists under the ambit of a special operation nicknamed Operation RUFE KOFA is gaining traction by the day. In a laudable demonstration of bold action in combat, on 24th December 2019, troops of 192 Bn, Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE conducted clearance operations from Madagali through Waga Lawan, Jaje to Fadama all in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State. During the operation, the troops had a meeting engagement with elements of the Boko Haram criminals and a fire fight ensued. The Boko Haram insurgents were decisively dealt with, forcing them to hurriedly flee the location in disarray. Troops destroyed all of the criminals’ structures, farmland, harvested grains stored in underground bunkers and one Lister grinding machine. In another encounter at Fadama Village, the criminals’ flag hoisted on a tree was captured and immediately lowered after the troops had effectively subdued the criminal insurgents with superior fire power forcing them to flee in disarray. Items recovered from the criminals include 2 bicycles, copies of Quran and several other personal effects. Interestingly, no causality was recorded by the gallant troops.

Similarly, the troops of 151 Bn, Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE handed a humiliating defeat to a bunch of Boko Haram criminal insurgents in the early hours of 25th December 2019 while on clearance operation conducted deep into the Sambisa Forest. During the encounter, one Boko Haram suicide bomber tried to force himself into the troops’ firm base, but the gallant troops aborted this heinous intent by promptly neutralising him and his cohorts with effective fire in the general area. The Improvised Explosive Device strapped to his body got detonated in the process and his body parts were found scattered across the field. Items recovered in the aftermath of the encounter include 81 mm mortar muzzle cover, 2 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, one AK 47 magazine and one passport photo.

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai extends his goodwill message to the troops and further admonishes them to remain resolute in their efforts at clearing and destroying all the hideouts and enclaves of the remnants of the criminal insurgents across the Theatre.

Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator

Yuletide: Army Chief Sends Goodwill Message to Soldiers, Officers

Christmas and New Year 2019 Goodwill Message: Buratai Lauds Troops, Calls For More Professionalism and Responsiveness in the Discharge of Constitutional Roles

In a special Christmas and New Year Goodwill Message 2019, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai has applauded the pragmatic roles played by all officers and men of the Nigerian Army in counter insurgency operations in the North East as well as those on other operations across the country and abroad.

General Buratai tasked officers and men of the Nigerian Army to remain steadfast and sustain the momentum in the fight against terrorism, professionalism and responsiveness in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.

He restated his passion for troops’ welfare and reassure them of the commitment of the President Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari to their welfare and that of their families.

Please read below the complete Christmas and New Year 2019 Goodwill Message from Lt Gen TY Buratai to Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army:

“It is with great humility and gratitude to the Almighty that I send this goodwill message to officers, soldiers and indeed the entire Nigerian Army family on the occasions of this year’s Christmas and New year celebrations.

Let me use this opportunity to commend the efforts and sacrifices of our gallant officers and men currently engaged in counter insurgency operations in the North East as well as those on other operations across the country and abroad.

I commend you for your bravery, doggedness and loyalty in these endeavours. I want to urge you all to maintain the momentum and remain steadfast as we sustain professionalism and responsiveness in the discharge of our constitutional roles.

On my part, I would continue to ensure that your welfare and that of your families remain of utmost priority. I will also use this medium to reassure you of the Federal Government’s commitment to your welfare with requisite support for us to perform our duties.

The President Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured us of his total support to the Armed Forces to bring all ongoing operations to logical conclusions.

I thank you all for the good job you have done in 2019 and look forward to us making greater progress in 2020. God bless you all the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army”.

Acting Director Army Public Relations