Killing of students, others in Borno, Yobe are signs of weakened Boko Haram – Nigerian military

Directo, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, left and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Iherjirika

The Military said it arrested eight of the suspected attackers.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Wednesday said the killings of scores of people in Borno and Yobe in the past few days are signs that the Boko Haram terrorists are losing the battle against government forces.

The military said the trend of sneaking in to carry out isolated attacks on soft targets as a way of seeking attention is a typical end-game strategy often employed by insurgents all over the world.

Seven secondary school students and two teachers were killed in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital when gunmen, believed to be Boko Haram, attacked a government school on Sunday. A day later, suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked two different locations, a school and a fishing village, in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, killing nine students and 13 fishermen.

In a statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Chris Olukolade, the Nigerian military said the recent activities are signs of desperation of a decimated insurgent group attempting to hang on to public consciousness.

With the destruction of their operational bases and camps by the Special Forces, the group’s centre of gravity had been effectively dislocated, he said. He said this had made it impossible for the terrorists to have freedom of action to operate as they did previously.

The military also said eight of the suspected terrorists have been apprehended in the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The statement said Special Forces have stepped up the mop-up, cordon and search operations “to ensure that the vestiges of terrorism are effectively decimated.

“The DHQ has noted a number of attacks and killing of innocent citizens ostensibly carried out by terrorists in Yobe and Borno in the last couple of days.

“Although this isolated incidents were undertaken by relocating terrorists, the whole trend and development remains unfortunate and condemnable.

“Nevertheless, the public is hereby reassured that these incidences are by no means indicative of a relapse in the counter-insurgency operation aimed at curbing terrorists’ activities in the country.”

The military, however, urged the public to continue to report any suspicious movement to security agents.



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  • Adoki

    All over the world, when terrorists find is difficult to continue to attack ‘hard’ targets like military facilities and and state institutions, they concentrate on softer targets especially civilian victims. I think the Nigerian military authorities should think twice before gloating over this development. They shouldn’t be seen to be celebrating the fact that softer targets are being attacked instead of military facilities.

    • Ndidi

      Hi Adoki, I don’t actually think the military are gloating, they are stating what they believe is a fact. They also condemned these cowardly killings. I am very proud of our armed forces who are giving up their lives for us. I am also very proud of our Northern youths who are assisting them to track down Boko Haram. If we want to criticize anybody, it is Boko Haram. Those Boko Haram members who have access to internet love it when we criticize our armed forces. The truth is, whether we call it death by “collateral damage” the ENTIRE blame for the killings of civilians (and armed forces personnel) is laid firmly on Boko Haram. They chose to begin to kill their fellow Africans. Take care.

      • Bala R

        Ndidi just wait for your turn.

        • junta

          I pity you Bala to even speak to a lady like that. Wait for turn implies what? BH thinks they alone can slaughter and carry arms, they think they alone can carry knives and daggers…the youths are winning with ordinary clubs and sticks, fishing out these cowards and sensless ingrates called BH like the tadpols they are…tadpols gather but when a strong figure comes out the flee like heartless entities…such is BH and such are your likes who easily pick on females. You will speak something that might ignite what you cannot quench.

          • Bala R

            Junta, I am not a kid, I am 56yrs old live in the north eastern part of this country. We do not believe there is anything called Boko haram. For your information more Muslims were killed by the so called Bh. Are you not surprise no single CHURCH WAS BOMBED SINCE THE DEATH PATRIC AZAZI?

  • Benson, Switzerland

    How stupid are our military guys are? is that to console the families of the dead? Must you always say something even if you have nothing to say? Boko Haram were killing a segment of Nigerians before the emergency rule, now that they resorted to killing another segment of Nigerians, and our military is claiming victory already? Whether strong or weak BH, lives of innocent Nigerians are involved!!! Director of Defence Information, how on earth could you think so unintelligently? Would someone please remind him about why the military was invited in the first instance: to help stop the incessant killing of Nigerians – young and old! Or what is the essence of the emergency rule (or military invitation for that matter) if innocent Nigerians continue to die? Are you saying kids and teachers were never killed before the emergency rule?
    In my opinion, the reverse is the case: it’s a clear sign that the military is losing the war against BH in spite of the emergency rule! Shikena! My thoughts are with the families of the dead!!!

  • Naijaa

    Signs of failed state

  • Fula

    this was the story when BH attacked after the first emergency was declared in some local govt areas in the North. someONE dusted up that story and is expecting us to believe him. shame… why cant you guys just accept the truth that BH succeeded. and promise to do smth about it. wether end game or start game strategy, LIVES WERE LOST…I HOPE THAT FACT IS NOT LOST ON THESE STORY TELLERS FROM NA

  • Bulus

    Well, this is good news! . I shouldn’t worry if Boko Haram attack my children’s school and slaughter them because it only means that Boko Haram are losing.- I can now sleep peacefully at night!

    It worries me that over the last month the NA have arrested 100’s of BH ‘suspects’ but not one has been charged to court yet – Have they arrested the ‘real’ Boko Haram?. Are the NA really in control?

  • sunday Dankwai

    We should learn to be proactive not reactive,the truth is that even if it is only one person that is been killed,the JTF have no reason to tell us it is becouse they are winning the war,thats total robish of the highest other.I strongly belieave that the JTF should apologize and wildraw that statement.