By Musa Adamu
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, has said that personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces have started chasing Boko Haram insurgents to their various operational bases in the North-East geopolitical zone.
He said the action was as a result of the latest directive from the military authorities that soldiers should henceforth launch heavy attacks on Boko Haram enclaves in a renewed bid to end terrorism in Nigeria.
Ndume, who is the Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, stated this in Abuja.
He explained that the soldiers repelled an attack on Kalla near Dabua and chased the insurgents to some of their operational bases which have been destroyed.
He said, “On Saturday night, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Kalla, a village near Dabua.
“The Army Brigade there responded promptly. This time around, they did not only repel the insurgents, but they also went after them.
“Up till Sunday afternoon, the military personnel are still chasing the insurgents. The Brigade Commander said they have chased them to their enclaves and recovered some arms, and other dangerous weapons. He said the soldiers have also killed many of the insurgents.
“The soldiers are still chasing the Boko Haram insurgents to their permanent bases where they are operating from. If the soldiers continue in that manner, insurgency will not only be defeated but would come to a complete end.
“What the soldiers have done is to remove the roots from a tree. I want to commend the Nigerian Army for responding quickly to the villagers’ distress call, and by extension, calls by Nigerians that they should intensify the fight against insurgency.
“Other army formations have been given the order not only to repel the insurgents but to take the fight to the operational base of the insurgents.
“That is what also happened in Askira Uba last week when the insurgents went there to attack the people. The armed forces took the fight to them and advance to where they can.”