Battle of Bama: Military gain upper hand with airstrikes

by James Sambo

As the Battle for Bama, the second largest town in Borno State, heats up, the Army has gained some grounds, a source has said. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adeshola Amosun, had been deployed to the combat zone to oversee the air strikes.

In an intense battle yesterday, our military made use of air strikes as a strategy to dislodge the hold of insurgent group, believed to be Boko Haram in Bama and Gwoza, as all link roads to Bama had been blocked.

“The insurgents were still holding on to Bama, they are still in charge. Typical of rag-tag insurgents, they are holding on to the last straws.

“But the troops are gaining upper hand through heavy air strikes. We are mostly fighting the battle in the air in Bama and Gwoza.

“The insurgents are feeling the air strikes, they are suffering huge losses. From intelligence reports, the bombardments have become unbearable for them and they might vacate the place within the next 24 to 48 hours,” a source who did not want to be named said.

It will be recalled that Bama was attacked by Boko Haram four days ago, causing a lot of residents to flee the city.

Meanwhile, Cameroon’s military has claimed that some Nigerian soldiers are seeking refuge in the country after fleeing from battle with Boko Haram militants in Borno State.

The Cameroonian military spokesperson Colonel Didier Badjeck, who disclosed this said that challenging situations in war has caused troops to flee. According to the Badjeck, last week, 480 Nigerian soldiers crossed over to Cameroon, in hot pursuit of Boko Haram militants; only two-hundred forty-six of them have since returned to Nigeria.

However, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Nigeria has rejected the claims of the Cameroonian military.

A source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said; “The Defence Headquarters is looking into the claim by Cameroonian Army which is yet to get in touch with us.

“So far, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) and other officers have claimed that no such incident was reported by troops at the battle front. We have asked them to crosscheck.

“We are trying to link up with various units and Cameroon to ascertain the veracity of a report by an international medium. If it is true, this is the worst form of desertion and it is wrong.”

Comments (28)

  1. I doff my hat to members of Nigerian Armed forces for this achievement. We are all praying for their protections. Weldone gentlemen!

  2. Fighting opponents that are fearless is most times difficult…our soldiers need more training and courageous commanders…

  3. @iyke America will send Isis 2 hell soon isis wil H̲̣̣̣̥ɑ̤̥̈̊vє̲̣̥ ₪☺ place 2 hide. Nigerian soldiers ® sure of wat Τ̲̅ђe ® saying. “Τ̲̅ђe might”

  4. nice one guys, ride on

  5. Nigeria is begining to feel like US . hahahaha

    1. @davildos shut up jare!What’s this shaft comparism..what’s so special about the US anyway

  6. issorai, we have heard , let them continue. more prayers for them

  7. imagine soldiers running from war, weird things happen here in naija

  8. @lefty eyes, you are an idiot, lets begin to appreciate nigeria . abeg. what has america done to isis issue on ground

  9. rubbish, where were they before the whole issue started. this is what america wont do for any reason

  10. now we are talking, just a little effort and we will over come this idiots

  11. UP NIGERIAAAAAAA. YINMU THINGS

  12. @INYANG, SO THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU CAN WATCH AND LAUGH BA?

  13. NIGERIA SHOULD FILM THIS WHOLE STORY SEF. ITS GETTING MORE INTERESTING

  14. @RUDE BOY, YOUR MATES DEY BATTLE FIELD, U DEY SING OVERCOME. SMH

  15. OYA SING ALONG, WE SHALL OVERCOMEEEEEEEEEEE

  16. THINGS WILL GET BETTER SOON. ALL JUST NEED IS TO STRATEGIZE

  17. This one na third world war ooooooo.

  18. I JUST HOPE THIS TERRITORY IS RESTORED ELSE HMMMMMM

  19. They have started again oooooooooooo. let them take over the place first and leave assumptions

  20. i knew hope isnt lost about the chibok girls and the gwoza community. lets keep our fingers crossed

  21. sounds like a good news to me sha

  22. shame on nigerian soldiers. common boko haram.

  23. ghen ghen ghen, let the war beging, we don make history small small

  24. Nice one soldiers, at least they are up to something, thats a good start for us. i believe in nigeria

  25. Nigerians like to shout, they stll gotten the place, yet the brag about it

  26. thats a good start anyway, at least this boko haram should fear our soldiers a little

  27. hmmmm. they have started formimg. lets just hope its true sha

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