‘High Value Terrorists’ killed as Nigerian Air Force intensifies bombardment of Sambisa forest

Nigeria Airforce

The Nigerian Airforce has sustained aerial bombardment of Sambisa forest with over 280 operational sorties conducted against terrorists targets in the area in the last one month.

Several ‘high value terrorists’ were killed in the operations, officials said.

The Deputy Theatre Commander, Air, of Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, who stated this at a media briefing in Maiduguri stated that the air strikes and bombardments were conducted by the Air Component of the Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East.

Mr. Amao said the ongoing and sustained air operations and surveillance within the theater of operation in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States were intensified between December 2015 and January 2016 towards ending the Boko Haram menace.

He said: “In continuation of the counter insurgency, the air component in the last one month conducted 286 operational sorties against terrorists’ targets from 25 December to date in the Sambisa forest covering an area of 157,000km2 which is equivalent to the total land mass of South Korea, Portugal and Togo in a total of 536 hours, 21 minutes were flown by various platforms engaged in the operations,

“This translates into 316,637.5 litres of aviation fuel which amounts to N60.3 million, excluding the cost of maintenance and armament expended.”

He further explained that prominent operations among the missions carried out included an air strike on December 25 last year where some terrorists’ leaders and junior commanders, who gathered for a leadership meeting in Sambisa Forest, were neutralized by a precision strike which led to the killing of several Boko Haram terrorists.

There was also a significant strike conducted on January 17, 2016, following intelligence report on the location of a High Value Terrorists (Boko Haram HVT) leader taking refuge at a location south of Arra village in the Sambisa Forest, where air strikes neutralized the target.

He added that some areas of the successful airstrikes conducted to include; Gadzama, Ngwalimiri, Dure and Dure Takwalla, Ajigin, Bitta, Gulumba Gana, Sigel, Damasak and Kumshe communities now occupied by insurgents.

Other areas that came under strike include; Yajiwa, Asaga, Tumbun Gini and Mada towns, amongst others, as well as medical evacuation missions which were also carried out at Marte Local Government area and Banki town of Borno state on January 21 this year.

The deputy commander however maintained that the Nigerian Air Force, through its Component in Operation Lafiya Dole, is focused on sustaining air operations and providing support to ground troops of the Armed Forces as they strive to rid Nigeria of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr. Amao further added that all the areas bombarded were thoroughly monitored on intelligence surveillance and eye services before the attacks or shelling.

Most of the targets included Boko Haram fuel pump storages, Solar Panels, Meeting Points and hideouts in the samuba forests as most of the areas were identified first before the air strikes.

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  • Emmy

    We are getting there. I love some of the specifics mentioned in this report. The amount spent on aviation fuel, distance covered and durations of the operations. This is a show of professionalism.

    • All Trust

      Shame to you all! U ”are getting there” in what way; in using all the nations resources in fighting a useless war and you are proud!! You are not seeing it as curse!!! God forbid.This country is in deep trouble! Only God will deliver it!!

      • Burbank

        “using all the nations resources in fighting a useless war and you are proud!!!”

        And you would have been proud when Shekau’s suicide bombers visit your family during dinner and blow themselves up at your dinner table.

        • Emmy

          Don’t mind All Trust. He/She’ll rather prefer the money spent to prosecute the war be shared among the red cap chiefs in his/her village.

        • joahmed biu

          Shekau is one of you and he reads your Quran and as well shouts the Allah ukbar before bombing, please advise him to stop the killing. The war is needless. Must everybody practice tunde’s religion?

          • Burbank

            And Alhaji Dokubo Asari is a christian!

      • blow fissh

        When and after you remove your head from the sand where it is now buried, God will still be where he/she is You must deliver yourself

      • tundemash

        I guess u would rather have the money shared to Ole Metuh, Orubebe, Bode George, Bello Haliru, Obanikoro, Dasuki, Nduka Obigbena and other rogues and they now give u crumbs?
        I wonder what they mix up with the water u drink at the amnesty camp there because you all think with your anus .

        • joahmed biu

          Talk to your brothers while in the mosque to stop the killing. We can use that money for development. Can’t you get the simple advice? Must you guys always cause death and sorrow?

    • Burbank

      Gbam

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    *Our Military are using arms bought by former President Jonathan’s govt. Current govt have not bought any weapon because the budget is yet to be approved.

    Reacting to former President Jonathan’s assertion in his interview with international news and current affairs television channel based in Paris, France 24, President Muhammadu Buhar’s spokeman said the current government could not prosecute the war against insurgency with arms bought by the Jonathan-led administration, saying they were junks.

    Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Jonathan bought bullion vans as armoured tanks and floatation jackets as bullet proof vests.

    “We have it on good authority that the former president did not get the correct briefing on these facts. Weapons that were bought by his government were mostly junk.

    “From the revelations of the procurement investigation committee now going on, it is clear that his government was misadvised in their procurement processes.

    “Evidence shows that some of his service chiefs used criminally-minded vendors to defraud the country of billions of Naira.

    “For instance, bullion vans, the ones used in ferrying cash to and from banks, were procured and presented in military colours as armored personnel carriers.

    “Bullion vans have what the military call ‘soft skin,’ which is easily penetrated by bullet. On good authority, we have equally been informed that ‘floatation jackets’ were brought in as bullet-proof jackets.

    “If the correct procurement procedure had been followed, in a government-to-government order as we now have under the Buhari-led administration, this disservice to the nation would not have happened.

    “This administration found out, upon investigation, that most of those things the soldiers at the front were complaining against were true. The personal weapons they were made to carry were those bought in the 60s, 70s and the 80s.

    “Those defective weapons are now being replaced even as investigations are still going on,” he said.

    According the Defense Ministry, Nigerian troops are still using the arms bought by former President Jonathan’s government. The Current government have not bought any weapon because the budget is yet to be approved.

    • Burbank

      Even Tompolo can bought warships without a need for a budget to be approved!

      • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

        mumu—even tompolo can (bought) warship–u think it is that easy abi monkey

        • Burbank

          “Norway sells warships, combat boats to ex-militant leader, Tompolo”
          Premium Times Dec 13 2014.

          u think it is that difficult abi monkey

      • joahmed biu

        How many has buhari bought with the supplementary budget? Daft

        • Burbank

          Enough to kill biafrans and Boko Haram militants

  • Rumournaire

    Considerable exaggerations in this report. It gives the area covered by Sambisa Forest as 157,000 sq km. That is impossible. The whole of Nigeria is 924,000 sq km, suggesting that Sambisa Forest is 17% of Nigeria. The whole of Borno State is 70,000 sq km. So Sambisa Forest, which is inside Borno State, is more than twice the size of the state in area?

    By the way, which “high-value targets” have been killed in the last one month?

    We know our military are working hard, but we don’t need these lies and exaggerations to impress us.

    • Burbank

      And where did fantasized that “Sambisa is inside Borno State”?
      Besides Borno, Sambisa covers Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, Jigawa and Kano.
      Pay more attention during geography class.

      “According to Professor Umar Maryah of University of Maiduguri, the forest covers an area stretching approximately 60,000 square kilometers across the north east from Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi states along the Darazo corridor, Jigawa and right up to some parts of Kano State in the far north.”
      “Sambisa: Forest of a thousand myths”
      ThisDay, April 27, 2014.

      • blow fissh

        In other words- approximately 60,000 square kilometers = 157,000 sq km

        • Shugaba Nkasa

          if your place of work is 3km away from your home, how many km do you cover each day?

          • blow fissh

            2km

          • Emmy

            The answer is indeterminate. Since he goes to his concubine house after closing from work before heading back home.

        • Burbank

          Include Yobe, Gobe and others?
          More!

          • blow fissh

            Don’t be like the the son of a buffoon called Wahala. Now you are moving the goal post. You started with Sambisa not the states. Why is it so hard for Nigerians to admit error? You pompously posted a professor like we all did not go to school. Even your own quote stated that Sambisa is 60,000 Sq Km. Now you are informing us that Boko Haram is now in Jerusalem. Just admit you goofed and move on.

          • Burbank

            Read the article AGAIN and admitted that you goofed and move on!

      • Rumournaire

        Yes sir! I will pay more attention in Geography class.
        However, sir, you have added to my ignorance by suggestion that 60,000 sq km quoted by the professor is consistent with 157,000 sq km in the story. So, which answer should I write in the exam? Sir?

        • Burbank

          Simple – besides Borno, Shekau bases in Yobe Gombe and other states were also targetted. And all adds up to far more than 157,000km.
          And pay more attention in Maths class too.

          • blow fissh

            Now you are moving the goal post. You started with Sambisa not the states. Why is it so hard for Nigerians to admit error? You pompously posted a professor like we all did not go to school. Even your own quote stated that Sambisa is 60,000 Sq Km. Now you are informing us that Boko Haram is now in Jerusalem. Just admit you goof and move on. Don’t be like the the son of a buffoon called Wahala.

    • Usher

      Either you are being mischievous or you lack basic mathematics or qualitative analysts. The only question I am asking is was it only one plane that executed the operation? If yes you are correct but if no, then summations sets in.
      Example, if I circle your 60m sq house and the next day 5 group of people circled the same area.. The total sum of the operation by those 5 crew can never be 60sqm.

      • blow fissh

        My friend stop this nonsense. Boeing 737 MAX-7 2017 (140 passengers) utilizes 1.94 litres per 100 kilometres (121 mpg-US). Based on that Boeing 737 will cover aprox. 6200 kilometres with 320,000 litres of aviation fuel. We admit the military place carries 2-3 passenger hence we divide 140 by 2. Now you have 70 times 6200 = 434,000 kilometer. This is still way shorter than 157,000 Sq Km your suggested round and triple trip. Just move on. Please.

        NB – Note that jest are suppose to be faster than commercial plane hence more fuel consumption.

        • Usher

          You should stop the deception.
          -He said: “In continuation of the counter insurgency, the air component in the last one month conducted 286 operational sorties against terrorists’ targets from 25 December to date in the Sambisa forest covering an area of 157,000km2 which is equivalent to the total land mass of South Korea, Portugal and Togo in a total of 536 hours, 21 minutes were flown by various platforms engaged in the operations.
          Did you actually understand that summation?

          • blow fissh

            The simple fact is 320,000 litres will only allow you to fly less than 500,000 kilometers. Big difference from sq km.

          • Usher

            Your calculations does not take into account of efficiency which the fighter jets offers.

          • blow fissh

            We already covered this with the fuel economy. Fighter jets – .07mpg while commercial airline – 1.1mpg. No matter how you want to cut and slice it.

        • Usher

          Lolz… Jets burn more fuel than commercial jet? Is that your own physics theory or jaggons? What happens to mass of the object? You threw that one into the gutter?

          • blow fissh

            Relative to size. Think for a second. Simple physics says the faster you run the more energy you burn

          • Usher

            I don’t need to think because Fighter jets are designed specifically for economy E~M. A fighter Jet can fly from US to Russia and back without refuelling. No passenger jet can do that.

          • blow fissh

            Boeing 737-800 consumes 1,605 pounds per hour per engine (3,210 pph total) and cruises at 466 knots, giving it a fuel economy of 1.1 mpg.

            (Source: Boeing 737-800 FPPM)

            F-16 Fighting Falcon burns 5,290 pounds per hour and cruises at 480 knots, giving it a fuel economy of 0.7 mpg.

            (Assumption: drag index 150. Source: 1TO GR1F-16CJ-1-1)

            Just go to bed and wake up again. Stop guessing

          • Usher

            Now you have said it all. “Boeing 737-800 consumes 1,605 pounds per hour per engine. Have you then ask the question the size of the engine as compared to a fighter jet? Its like comparing a 1.6 car engine with a 2.0 or higher and even more so comparing boeing with 2 or more engine with fighter jet with only one engine.

          • blow fissh

            Just forget look at the fuel economy. It says it all.
            Commercial – fuel economy of 1.1 mpg;
            F-16 fuel economy of 0.7 mpg.
            Do you drive at all?

          • Usher

            No, I don’t drive. Fuel economy for boeing was measured per engine. Fighter jet has one. So how can Boeing burn more than a fighter jet?

            Sorry correction: How can a fighter jet burn more?

          • blow fissh

            Common Denominator is fuel economy. Please drop it. You win

          • Usher

            Are you comparing ‘one engine’ of a commercial plane to a fighter Jet?

          • blow fissh

            You must have missed this part of the information – (3,210 pph total). Moreover the final analysis was based on the fuel analysis of both objects (total weight and engines).

          • Usher

            No I did not miss anything. Boeing gave you the information for a single engine and no boeing plane is powered by one engine.
            So practically boeing burns more.

          • blow fissh

            I concede you won

          • blow fissh

            I must apologize for not including the following with the initial info:

            To normalize, let’s assume both aircraft are at max gross weight, cruising at 30,000 feet, and at a standard cruise speed (est.). Assume there is no headwind or tailwind.

            Boeing 737-800 consumes 1,605 pounds per hour per engine (3,210 pph total) and cruises at 466 knots, giving it a fuel economy of 1.1 mpg.

            (Source: Boeing 737-800 FPPM)

            F-16 Fighting Falcon burns 5,290 pounds per hour and cruises at 480 knots, giving it a fuel economy of 0.7 mpg.

            (Assumption: drag index 150. Source: 1TO GR1F-16CJ-1-1)

            Please Note: The testing was done with both for the commercial plane engines. Stop being ridiculous.

          • Usher

            Noted sir, but why don’t you see that your info is based on a single engine of boeing.

          • blow fissh

            Boeing 737-800 is single engine? I assume letting you know the testing was normalized was sufficient to educate you. I guess I was wrong. I don’t even know why I am responding.

          • Usher

            Points taken

      • Rumournaire

        I see the cause of the apparent exaggeration, and I admit I may have read the paragraph wrongly.

        The statement “the air component in the last one month conducted 286 operational sorties against terrorists’ targets from 25 December to date in the Sambisa forest covering an area of 157,000km2” could be interpreted in two ways,. It could be read that 157,000km2 refers to the area of Sambisa Forest – which is what I thought was meant and which I said is not possible, since Wikipedia says Sambisa Forest is 60,000km2. But it could also be read as meaning that the aggregate area covered by the flights was 157,000 – which could in fact mean that the actual forest area covered was 1,000km2 but it was done 157 times!. It seems the latter is what was intended.

        • Usher

          My thought exactly. But what type of forest is sambisa?

  • Burbank

    Bravo to the NAF.
    Your heroic efforts to protect the innocents from the terrorists are appreciated greatly by Nigeria.
    May you wipe out Shekau and all bombers soonest.

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    *Our Military are using arms bought by former President Jonathan’s govt. Current govt have not bought any weapon because the budget is yet to be approved.

    Reacting to former President Jonathan’s assertion in his interview with international news and current affairs television channel based in Paris, France 24, President Muhammadu Buhar’s spokeman said the current government could not prosecute the war against insurgency with arms bought by the Jonathan-led administration, saying they were junks.

    Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Jonathan bought bullion vans as armoured tanks and floatation jackets as bullet proof vests.

    “We have it on good authority that the former president did not get the correct briefing on these facts. Weapons that were bought by his government were mostly junk.

    “From the revelations of the procurement investigation committee now going on, it is clear that his government was misadvised in their procurement processes.

    “Evidence shows that some of his service chiefs used criminally-minded vendors to defraud the country of billions of Naira.

    “For instance, bullion vans, the ones used in ferrying cash to and from banks, were procured and presented in military colours as armored personnel carriers.

    “Bullion vans have what the military call ‘soft skin,’ which is easily penetrated by bullet. On good authority, we have equally been informed that ‘floatation jackets’ were brought in as bullet-proof jackets.

    “If the correct procurement procedure had been followed, in a government-to-government order as we now have under the Buhari-led administration, this disservice to the nation would not have happened.

    “This administration found out, upon investigation, that most of those things the soldiers at the front were complaining against were true. The personal weapons they were made to carry were those bought in the 60s, 70s and the 80s.

    “Those defective weapons are now being replaced even as investigations are still going on,” he said.

    According the Defense Ministry, Nigerian troops are still using the arms bought by former President Jonathan’s government. The Current government have not bought any weapon because the budget is yet to be approved.

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    Nigerian military acquisitions Under Jonathan Last Year.

    [Recorded by United Nations Register of Conventional Arms]

    Nigeria’s military is acquiring new and second-hand hardware for all three branches of service as it battles Boko Haram insurgents on land and maritime insecurity and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

    Over the last couple of years, Nigeria has received armoured vehicles, small arms, combat aircraft and large and small naval vessels, among other items, from mostly Asian and Eastern European suppliers. It has also domestically manufactured and assembled small arms and armoured vehicles and refurbished and upgraded aircraft with foreign assistance.

    For example, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Arms Transfers Database, Nigeria last year produced 10 Streit Cougar armoured personnel carriers (APCs) under license as the Igirigi. The Igirigi is assembled by the Nigerian Army Engineering Corps and was initially thought to be a wholly indigenous design.

    Canada last year also delivered 10 Spartan Mk 3 armoured vehicles ordered in 2013 and this year is delivering 20 Inkas Light Armoured Patrol Vehicles (LAPVs), which will most likely be used by the Nigerian Army. Nigeria has for some years operated various Inkas armoured vehicles, which have seen service with the police, army and VIPs. Inkas Armoured has been operating in Nigeria since 2008 and has a sales office and workshops in the country.

    The Nigerian Army is being re-equipped in an effort to combat Boko Haram insurgents and has been bolstered by armour from the Czech Republic, which is delivering four BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to Nigeria this year, together with six RM-70 122 mm self-propelled multiple rocket launchers and at least four T-72M1 tanks. These are all second hand vehicles ordered in 2014. The tanks were first seen being flown to Nigeria in January this year.

    It is not clear how many tanks Nigeria will be getting from the Czech Republic – in August 2014 Hungary announced it had sold 58 T-72s to Excalibur Defence Limited, which transferred them to the Czech Republic which in turn began transferring some to Nigeria.

    In 2009 Nigeria ordered 48 Springbuck armoured personnel carriers, which were delivered between 2010 and 2014 to the police. The contract includes local assembly in Nigeria, which is ongoing. According to SIPRI, the police in 2013 took delivery of four BTR-3E APCs from the Ukraine, which in 2014 also supplied five BTR-4 infantry fighting v

  • Kickboxer

    Since brainless Buhari & “technically intelligentsia” have technically defeated Boko Haram in December 2015, then, is this a “technically” bombardment or a bombardment of “technically” Boko Haram?

    Now everyone can see why brainless Buhari should borrow $200 million to rebuild Maiduguri and NE…..what remains to b stated is that brainless Buhari, “Southern Yariba almajiris & technically intlligentsia,” and “technically intlligentsia” minions should keep SPREADING POVERTY

  • GbemigaO

    Pictures ,evidence please . Stop telling us Rubbish. Just yesterday , they attacked towns close to Maiduguri and you are talking of Sambsa forest.,

  • GbemigaO

    And full of errors !

  • Abdul

    Pls dont bombard our Chibok girls o.

  • davou gyang

    My friend died a Hero and you still use his picture for your news! His plane crashed around Mali a year ago! The officer on the far right of this picture! May your soul rest in peace AYUBA! Premium times! Enough of this!!!

  • hard soff

    Killing a high-level target immediately ends the thread! Capturing a high-level target (if he is really “high-level”) gives access to other high-level targets, their plans, their sponsors, etc. Isn’t it time we stop these “whack-a-mole” approach?

    Our military should stop the killing of these so-called “high-level” targets. They should focus on capturing and interrogating them to gather solid intelligence.

    • muazu wali

      This is a war situation! You kill or ate killed. Did they catch Bin Ladin? No they killed him!

      • hard soff

        Ordinarily, I’ll just ignore your comment but I’ll not. This is not a war situation. The situation at hand is TERRORISM. The more “high-level” targets you eliminate, the more “high-level” targets will spring up. Needless to say, you cannot kill them all, but you can cut-off their funding, supplies, food, etc., and you can only do that through INFORMATION. When people close to the “decision makers” of Boko Haram are captured and interrogated, the military will get actionable intelligence as to how to rout those thugs.
        Osama Bin Ladin was at the apex of The Al-Qaeda network, he was not a “high-value” target – he was the TARGET. The “high-level” targets of the Al-Qaeda network that were captured and interrogated, led to the killing of Osama Bin Ladin… and the killing was as a last resort.

        • muazu wali

          We may be using different dictionaries. For me any state of insurgency is a state of war.