Troops recover eight more towns in Yobe, Adamawa


Troops recover eight more towns in Yobe, Adamawa

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L-R: Terrorists’ vehicle destroyed by troops
and another vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft
gun recovered by the Nigerian military |

The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen
Chris Olukolade, has said that troops have
recaptured more towns from the members of the
Boko Haram sect.

Olukolade said in a statement on Friday that the
troops handed out a crushing defeat to the
insurgents and recovered the headquarters of
Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State, Bara,
and the headquarters of Madagali Local
Government area, Gulag, from them in the early
hours of Friday.
He said that the troops also flushed out terrorists
from other locations such as Shikah, Fikayel,
Tetebah, Buza, Kamla and Bumsa, during the two-
day operation.
According to Olukolade, many insurgents were
killed in the fierce fighting that preceded the
liberation of the communities.
The Defence spokesman said that the troops
recovered and destroyed several arms and
ammunition, vehicles and other equipment.
According to him, the items recovered included
anti-air craft guns, general purpose machine guns,
barrel grenade launchers, rifles and mortar guns.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan
expressed confidence that troops would sustain
the gains they have been recording in the fight
against the Boko Haram sect.
He assured that the military would recover more
territories seized by the terrorist group.
Jonathan gave the assurance when the outgoing
French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jacques
Champagne De Labriolle, visited him at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on
Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the
President said the officers and men of the Nigerian
Army he met on the frontline in Borno and
Adamawa states on Thursday were in high spirits,
well prepared and determined to successfully
complete their operations against the terrorist
group.
“We have already recovered much territory and
very soon our troops will clear the terrorists out of
other areas not presently under our control.”
Accepting a congratulatory message from
President Francois Hollande to Nigeria for recent
successes of its armed forces against Boko
Haram, Jonathan restated Nigeria’s appreciation of
France’s support for Nigeria and its neighbours in
the fight against terrorism.
He commended Hollande for organising the Paris
Summit of Heads of State of Nigeria, Benin
Republic, Cameroon, Niger and Chad in May 2014
to foster greater regional cooperation against
terrorism and insurgency.
The President pledged that beyond the ongoing
military campaign in the North-East, Nigeria would
continue to implement all agreements reached at
the summit to ensure lasting peace and security
within its borders and in neighbouring countries.
Jonathan, however, reassured the international
community of his commitment to free, fair and
credible polls in the country next month.
The President wished the outgoing ambassador
well in his future endeavours and urged him to
always be a “good ambassador of Nigeria’’.
In his remarks, Labriolle said that France was
“confident in the future of Nigeria and its ability to
continue playing a huge role in Africa and world
affairs.”
The ambassador also expressed delight at
improved trade and economic ties between Nigeria
and France in the last three years, noting that over
250 French companies are currently operating in
Nigeria.

ZILLAS NETWORK

image

L-R: Terrorists’ vehicle destroyed by troops
and another vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft
gun recovered by the Nigerian military |

The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen
Chris Olukolade, has said that troops have
recaptured more towns from the members of the
Boko Haram sect.

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