Nigerian Army identifies new Boko Haram base, set to launch attack

Nigerian Army
Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it will soon launch an attack on a remote Island in Lake Chad where Boko Haram fighters now use as their new operational base.

This was disclosed by the Acting General Officer commanding, GOC 8 Task Force Division, Stevenson Olabanji, when he visited troops of the 118 Task Force Battalion under his division at their frontline location in Gudumbali village of Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

A statement issued by the spokesman of the Task Force Division, Timothy Antigha, quoted the GOC issuing motivational orders to the troops.

Mr. Olabanji, a brigadier general, asked the soldiers to always make sure their weapons are serviceable as the strike order on the secret Boko Haram location could be given at any time.

He also said the awaited operation might be the final one that would bring about the end of Boko Haram insurgency.

Also, Mr. Antigha, a colonel and deputy director, Army Public Relations, said the final phase of the onslaught on the terrorists was evident.

The statement quoted the GOC as saying, “The tempo of ongoing clearance operations will be increased, so be prepared. You may be ordered at any time to clear the remnants of Boko Haram elements in the identified locations.”

The Commanding Officer, 118 Task Force Battalion, O.P. Oyekoke, had earlier outlined the tasks of his battalion and assured the GOC of the readiness of his officers and soldiers to discharge their duties in accordance with extant Nigerian Army regulations.

Mr. Olabanji was accompanied on the visit by the Commander 7 Brigade, Olayinka Soyele, a brigadier general, and Principal Staff Officers of the Division.

Boko Haram insurgents, who are seeking to establish an Islamic state in the North-east region, have suffered massive loss of territory in the hands of invigorated Nigerian troops. However, the insurgents still carry out serial suicide attacks on soft targets in the region.


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  • George

    Yeye Buhari Duara army they will first announce to the boko haram their preparation to attack before going.

    Did the boko haram announces their operations before attacks.

    Just to steal money in the name of projects that are not necessary.

    Boko Haram please hear our army they will be coming to attack your base at Lake Chad Island so just wait there ok.

    God will punish buhari for this calamities he brought upon reasonable people.

    • yusuf Mikail

      I may not like your choice of words. But the message is clear. They are bullshitters. Yeye dey smell. Newspaper army.

  • TruthBeSaid

    I do not understand the reason or tactics behind announcing this before you strike.

  • ray

    why announce it? i thought it should be a covert operation….

    • AryLoyds

      That is cos it is FAKE NEWS 🙂

      • thusspokez

        I am inclined to believe this it, otherwise it would be first-class stúpidity

    • Abiola

      Believe this government at your own peril..

  • thusspokez

    The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it will soon launch an attack on a remote Island in Lake Chad where Boko Haram fighters now use as their new operational base.

    Gosh! is the Nigerian army this stúpid? How about also sending email to boko haram, giving the day, time of the attack, and also the number of troops?

  • whykay2miami

    I can’t but agree with someone who said this is first-class stupidity…Look at the quality of Army we have in Nigeria, you discovered a Boko Haram base and the next thing is come to the pages of Newspaper to announce it so they can change tactics and continue to slaughter defenseless Nigerians. Somethings just happen in this country that brings doubt about the authenticity of the country.

    • FreeNigeria

      It’s not the country, it’s the nuisance running the running.

  • Amir

    Enjoy your freedom of speech! Buhari made a decree in1984 to jail any journalist that published classified military and security information, we condemned him. Now ‘unless convicted by a ‘court of competent jurisdiction’, the reporter and his employer will hire a lawyer and bribe the judge to get ruling against the government. So let the music of ‘freedom of speech’ play on.

  • Rommel

    For those of you criticizing the Nigerian army, I am sure you all watch international news media or read buzzfeed and listen to military analysis about engagements in occupied territories, communication is important in modern warfare so that civilians who might have reasons to visit that place would keep off in other not be become human shields for terrorists,it is not all military operations that is covert, the ones designated as such would only come to public knowledge after it has happened, some may never if too sensitive

    • George

      Island in Lake Chad forest is where your mother go for her visit.

      You northerners muslims are so derailed.

      • Epsilon_Delta

        This Rommel guy is demented.

    • sab

      Rommel welcome back, where have you been all this while only to suddenly reappear after almost six months? Any way, you are welcome back but see what your saints have turned us into.

    • Otile

      You sound like a mad Muslim.

      • AryLoyds

        LOL, Otile leave that nut case , he is immoral

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    Why does the public need to know this strategic military information before it is executed?

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  • Man_Enough

    Is it possible that this army general does not know the value of the element of surprise in warfare? The man should rather be a farmer.

  • Hamza

    Lmao! Nigerian army. You see how smart and intelligent they are! Are they smarter than boko haram? I don’t think so. With the way the army is, I am not sure if ever they would be able to finish off BHT! Too bad

  • Otile

    Yeah, warn them in advance of your impending attack because an attack on your Boko Haram is an attack on the North.

  • Ozman

    Didn’t the army say they had full control of Sambisa forest, and even building a training school there? Where is this new base? They just want to keep the Boko Haram saga on-going so they can keep receiving foreign aid.

  • Ezekiel

    What type of whistle blowing is this? The enemy would have disappeared!!!!!