VIDEO: Nigerian Military Reinforces Troops in Damasak as Boko Haram Informants Intensify ‘Criminal’ Activities
…Clears 5 Villages in Gamboru
Despite the nefarious activities of local informants who regularly tip the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terrorists of troops’ operation, the Nigerian military has reinforced its ground troops with sophisticated equipment and Air Task Force’s support, to contain the insurgents terrorizing Damasak axis.
With the aid of local informants, there have been unrelenting assaults on Damasak by both ISWAP and Boko Haram fighters, in recent times.
PRNigeria discovered that, in some communities, the informants not only leak vital information to the terrorists but harbour them in their houses and settlements.
They have also been found to assist terrorists in planting landmines against Nigerian troops.
An intelligence operative, who told PRNigeria that informants hint terrorists of troops’ movements, said the informants’ behaviour is aiding the infiltration of Damasak town and surrounding communities by insurgents.
“It is quite puzzling that while our gallant troops are manning specific locations and conducting patrols, the terrorists with the aid of their local collaborators would just appear from other locations and launch deadly surprise attacks on both troops and civilian populations.
“Though the military is reinforcing the troops with more equipment, the air supports have also led to the elimination of scores of Boko Haram and ISWAP, in the past few weeks,” he said.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, confirmed the activities of informants while debunking reports in a section of the media that the terrorists had overrun and were in control of Damasak town.
He said despite the setbacks occasion by the informants ‘vicious’ activities, troops have been able to surmount some of the obstacles.
Yerima who described some of the media reports as blatant misinformation said there was an attack by the terrorists on the town, but the terrorists were effectively repelled by the troops.
“As we speak, troops are in total control of the general area. The Commander of 5 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. S. S. Tilawan was driving around the town to assess the general situation, following the attack by the terrorists,” he said.
The Army spokesperson said that the terrorists sneaked in from the northern flank in active collaboration with some local informants.
PRNigeria gathered that terrorists invaded Damasak for three time within a week. In the aftermath of the attack, humanitarian offices, private residences, shops and security facilities, were destroyed.
In another development, Nigerian Troops have cleared Boko Haram fighters from five villages in Gamboru Axis.
Some of the villages cleared include Gulwa, Ndufu, Eisari , Musiri and Diime Villages, with scores of terrorists killed during the operation.
PRNigeria reports that the troops, led by Lt. Colonel Samson Oladeigbe, embarked on a ‘Long Range Fighting Patrol’ to clear the unit’s areas of responsibility from Super Camp Headquarters in Gamboru.
They eliminated scores of terrorists during the operation. And apart from rifles and gun, the troops recovered magazine carrier, a Boko Haram flag, solar panel, bicycles and motorcycles from the terrorists.
Security Services Uncover Plans by IPOB to Bomb Banks in South-East
Security services have uncovered plans by secessionist group to bomb financial institutions, especially banks and business premises and attribute their nefarious activities to government agencies.
PRNigeria gathered that at a joint meeting of the security services, including intelligence components fingered members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), behind the new scheme of bombing.
An intelligence source said the intention of the group was to wreck havocs and attribute the deadly action to the security services including the military, the Police and Department of State Service (DSS).
The source said: “The public is aware of the recent spate of attacks on military and security personnel as well as destructions of their properties perpetrated by criminal secessionist elements in a bid to further their selfish agenda.
“Already the campaigns towards the sinister motives have commenced with their recent statements and action so far. Is it not ridiculous and baseless claims by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that the Department of State Services, DSS, had planned to sponsor attacks on banks in the South East?
“The same IPOB had claimed that attacks would be carried out by DSS operatives under the guise of the Ebube Agu recently floated by the South East governors rather than the group’s Eastern Security Network, ESN.
“Such allegations should be taken as a cheap blackmail, designed by the illegal organisation to distract the public and indeed, the international community from what has become its pattern of violent attacks, retreat and feigning of non-violent dispositions.
“The public was advised to be wary of the antics of IPOB which hides under these methods to wreak havoc on innocent people and targets.”
Meanwhile, when contacted over the development, the spokesperson of DSS, Peter Afunanya described the agency as responsible, saying it would continue to work with other sister agencies to maintain law and order protect lives and property.
He called on citizens and corporate bodies to be security conscious and beef up protective measures around them.