…Admits mistake on Rann attack, says 112 died
A total of 3,332 suspected Boko terrorists have been arrested by troops of operation Lafiya Dole between January to February 1, 2017 during a mop up operation following the dislodgement of the insurgents from Sambisa forest.
The army has also informed that the January 16 airstrike on Rann, Kala/Balge Local Government of Borno State was a mistake, which has been deeply regretted by the military.
The Theater Commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE Major General Lucky Irabor during the weekly live Media briefing in Maiduguri on Thursday at Theatre Command headquarters equally conformed that a total of 122 people lost their lives in the unfortunate airstrike Out of the over 300 suspects arrested, Major. General Irabor informed that 26 were foreigners comprising of 17 Chadians, while the remaining 9 are from the republic of Niger, adding that five terrorists surrendered to the troops.
He disclosed that the troops during the operation made several recoveries from the insurgents including, their logistics, a silka gun vehicles, arms, weapons, ammunition, 4 military trucks, 3 military vehicles, food items, N872,000 cash, drugs, clothes and others from the Boko Haram Terrorists and their hideouts.
Major. Gen. Irabor, announced that a syndicates of nine different suspects of Boko Haram suppliers and agents were also arrested while 8 trucks carrying food items, grains and fertilizer for the Boko Haram Terrorists were intercepted and the syndicates are undergoing interrogation.
He added that 7 rustler were also intercepted with 34 cows and are undergoing interrogation while 8 women were intercepted by the troops from Niger Republic going to Kano in Nigeria and are under investigation by the military, stressing that they would be handed over to the Nigerian Immigration Services for further necessary action.
Speaking on the casualty on the side of the insurgents, The Theater Commander mentioned 26 Boko Haram Terrorists were killed in various operations.
He regretted that five soldiers were killed, with another five wounded, just as 3 civilians, including a Civilian JTF.
He said troops on clearance mission at Gashigar axis discovered 4 graves of Boko Haram Terrorists with 36 grenades and 13rounds of ammunition concealed into the graves.
The Theater Commander praised the efforts of Borno state and recommended the support and understanding of the COAS and President Muhammadu Buhari as well as other service Chiefs and security agents in the fight against insurgency and terrorism.
He equally thanked the donors agencies and development partners during the unfortunate Rann incidents.
He condoled with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the attack, while praying for the eternal rest of the dead.
He also assured that the military is doing their best to checkmate the recent attacks on convoys along Maiduguri – Biu road and other areas within and outside the theatre.