In the aftermath of President Muhammadu Buhari’s consultations with state governors and security chiefs, the Nigerian military has intensified the ongoing onslaught on insurgents with a view to containing insecurity in the country.
Accordingly, in continuation of its offensives against the terrorists, the air task force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE yesterday killed scores of Islamic State of West Africa Province’s (ISWAP) fighters and destroyed compounds housing them at Tongule in the Lake Chad area of Northern Borno.
State governors and security chiefs had on Tuesday ended their meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation’s security with calls for a joint strategy to bring various conflicts to an end within time limits.
Coordinator Defence media operations, Major General John Enenche, said following confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, which showed presence of a sizable number of the ISWAP elements at designated locations in the settlement, the air task force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets to attack the location.
He said the NAF jets took turns in engaging the location scoring devastating hits on the designated targets leading to the destruction of the structures as well as the neutralisation of several ISWAP fighters
This is just as the Special Forces approved by the Defence Headquarters to halt the senseless killings and restore peace in Southern Kaduna have arrived Kafanchan ahead of their deployment to the various flashpoints in the area later today.
The Special Forces drawn from the Nigerian Army were received at Sector 7, the headquarters of Operation Safe Haven, by the Kaduna State commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on behalf of the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai.
“The governor is pleased with your deployment and optimistic that you will do well in consolidating the gains already achieved by troops, police and other security agencies in this general area.
“Beyond the boots on the ground, the Kaduna State government is conducting series of engagements with traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders, civil society and other agencies, and we are making progress.
“Our consistent appeal is recourse to the law. No one should take the law on his or her own hands. Failure to recourse to the law only worsens the situation at hand, and as such, citizens must resort to available lawful means for arbitration and amicable resolution of grievances.”
The governor expressed gratitude to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chiefs of Army and Air Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai and Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar as well as the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Maj Gen Chukwuemeka Okonkwo for their immense commitment in containing the situation.
The commissioner had a closed-door session with community leaders before leaving Kafanchan town.