The Nigerian Army on Friday said reports that terrorist group, Boko Haram currently control seven Local Government Areas(LGAs) in Borno state is false.
In a statement on Friday, Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said one Buba Galadima in an interview claimed ‘Seven Local Governments Areas of Borno State were still under control of Boko Haram terrorists’.
He said the terrorists are currently on the run and are unable to take over any area in the North-East.
He said, “Boko Haram lacks the capability to hold any territory in the north east, hence its mindless attack on innocent and vulnerable civilians with suicide bombings, most of which were made unsuccessful by our vigilant troops.”
He also denied claims that troops fighting Boko Haram insurgents are inaccessible.
“Theatre and formation Commanders routinely conduct working visits to troops in their formations and units within the theatre of operation,” the statement said.
The statement read partly, “Obviously, this sweeping statement is not only an attempt to propagate falsehood but a futile effort to disinform members of the public on the true security situation in the north east from a perspective of one who is evidently detached from the realities of the counter terrorism cum counter insurgency operations in the north east.
“It is very crucial to set the record straight by making it crystal clear that contrary to his opinions, the Boko Haram Terrorists group does not hold or control any Local Government Area in Borno state or in the north east as claimed in the interview.
“Talking about logistical supplies, Operation Lafiya Dole regularly provides logistical support and replenishment to own troops deployed in all locations and Forward Operational Bases through the normal channels, using our main supply routes.
“More so, Theatre and formation Commanders routinely conduct working visits to troops in their formations and units within the theatre of operation. Hence, the question of troops been inaccessible as portrayed in the said article, is an irredeemable fallacy.
“Perhaps, it is necessary to note that considering the vastness of the north east, Operation Lafiya Dole, aside holding tactical defensive positions to block the insurgents from access to logistics, has also gone ahead to insert Mobile Strike Teams in the theatre of operations to effectively patrol localities as well as seek out and neutralize the insurgents from their hideouts.”