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Published On: Tue, Dec 9th, 2014

Army uncovers Boko Haram hit list

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Nigerian ArmyBy Joy Baba-Yesufu

  • Kill 27 insurgents in Adamawa, Bauchi
  • As Navy redeploys senior officers

Back to winning ways, which they lost in the fake ceasefire agreement sometime ago, the Nigerian military yesterday said it has captured Balmo Forest, one of Boko Haram’s strongest hideouts in the North-East.

According to a press statement issued by the Defence Headquarters, Nigerian troops have captured documents containing a list of communities about to be attacked and sketches of the towns from fleeing terrorists in Adamawa State.

In two separate operations spanning Adamawa and Bauchi States, the troops also killed 27 suspected terrorists during fierce confrontations in a bid to rid the areas of insurgency.

During a hot pursue of the terrorists around Hildi, Adamawa State, at least seven of the terrorists lost their lives, while a total of five rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition as well as bows and arrows were captured from them.

Balmo Forest links Borno, Bauchi and Adamawa States and is said to be one of the training ground of the ‎deadly sect.

During another special raid operation conducted on Balmo and Lame Forests linking Borno, Bauchi and Adamawa States, the determined troops recovered rifles and a number of motorcycles after a stiff resistance by terrorists was crushed.

Over 20 of them lost their lives while some others were reported wounded.

Defence Spokesman, General Chris Olukolade, who confirmed the incidents to PRNigeria, said six soldiers were wounded in the encounter. At the end of the encounter, troops eventually took firm control of the forest location.

Meanwhile, the Army said campaign against terrorists’ activities is continuing with air and land operations being conducted in various theatres in parts of the country.

In a related development, the Nigerian Navy authorities have approved the redeployment of a number of senior officers following the recent promotion of some of its senior officers.

This was contained in a statement, signed by the Naval Director‎ of Information, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, in Abuja.

The statement named the affected senior officers to include Rear Admiral JA Akinwale, Chief of Administration, Defence Headquarters, who moves to the Naval Headquarters as Chief of Policy and Plans; Rear Admiral AOA Ikioda takes over as Chief of Administration at Defence Headquarters; Rear Admiral IE Ibas formerly Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters, now moves to Navy Holdings Limited as Group Managing Director and Rear Admiral IA Oyagha, formerly Chief of Training and Operations, is now appointed Chief of Naval Standards and Safety. Rear Admiral OE Ekwe, formerly Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard Limited, resumes as Chief of Naval Engineering. He swaps with Rear Admiral SU Chinwuba, who takes over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard Limited.

Others were Rear Admiral SH Usman, formerly Chief of Naval Standards and Safety, who assumes at Defence Headquarters as Director of Training.

In addition, Rear Admiral PA Agba moves from Central Naval Command where he was Flag Officer Commanding, to Naval Headquarters as Chief of Logistics; Rear Admiral SI Alade, formerly Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, assumes as Chief of Nigerian Navy Transformation Office. Rear Admiral BA Egbedina moves to Naval Training Command as Flag Officer Commanding from the Logistics Command, where Rear Admiral OP Ozojiofor is appointed as the Flag Officer Commanding amongst others.

“The senior officers are expected to resume in their new appointments in the third and fourth weeks of December 2014,” the statement said.

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