Nigerian military moves to retake Damboa, Gwoza, others from Boko Haram

The special operation which began early in the week is meant to restore law and order to the area.

The Nigerian military said on Thursday that its ‘special forces’ were conducting counter-terrorism operations to dislodge the Boko Haram from major areas of Borno.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the Boko Haram in separate attacks took over communities in Damboa and Gwoza and mounted their flags.

In a statement on its website, the military said “Special Forces in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign have cleared Delwa, Mustafari, Manga, Wanga and Damboa of terrorists who have been rampaging in the communities.

“The special operation which began early in the week is meant to restore law and order to the area and apprehend all terrorists who have been operating in the locality.

“The operation which has so far lasted 40 hours has dove-tailed into the mop up phase during which the remnants of insurgents are being cleared from the communities.”

The military said the “mop up phase will also ascertain the casualties as additional efforts are also been made to ensure the protection of innocent civilians during the operation.”

In its first official statement on the matter since the Boko Haram sacked some Gwoza communities early Wednesday morning and mounted their flags, the military said its troops were battling to dislodge the insurgents from Gwoza.

“Troops are also involved in manoeuvres to apprehend terrorists who have been attacking Gwoza and surrounding localities since Tuesday causing the death of many civilians,” it said.

Scores of people are believed to have been killed in Gwoza on Wednesday morning as the insurgents overran a military base and attacked the residents, chasing them to the top of the mountains surrounding the community.

The attacks on Borno communities by the Boko Haram have continued despite a state of emergency imposed on the state, as well as Adamawa and Yobe, since May last year.

Several Nigerians and the international community have questioned the preparedness of the Nigerian military to tackle the insurgents, while President Goodluck Jonathan has repeatedly called for more international support to defeat the insurgents.


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  • Dorcas

    “The Nigerian military said on Thursday that its ‘special forces’ were conducting counter-terrorism operations to dislodge the Boko Haram from major areas of Borno.” Why dislodging? Why not operation total wipe off? You dislodge them today, tomorrow they return…

  • redeem

    these excuses and pledges by our soldiers are becoming too watery for us to take them serious-why has government not been able to bring back all the retired soldiers–recall all of them—–increase the number of troops in the north——the present troop level is tooooooooooooooooooooooo small-only 20,000

    • Mosaku147

      Recall which troops? The troops for all you care are monitoring Osun elections.

    • Shehu


  • zygote

    Everyday on the pages on newspaper. which day will they eventually get to the forest?

  • Marke Moses

    Misplacement of priority instead of using the military to do their primary assignment of protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria, PDP is using them to help them rig Osun election. monitoring election is a responsibility of police not the military, moreover the Osun is not under state of emergency. No civilize country use soldiers during election.

    • Dorcas

      We are living in a jungle and ruled by a jungle master.

    • echelon

      i wonder how some people read news. they report says the military has moved to to recapture the already seized territory of boko haram; it is not a misplaced priority my friend. learn how to give meaningful contribution to the subject matter.

  • Dan maikoko

    This is the strategy for BH. They will organise and start a Jihad from Borno. The first line of action is to take over Borno state by establishing a strong hold from where little by little they will expand with the ultimate aim of controlling the whole of Africa. At the same time they are doing this, other Jihadi groups will take over the rest of the old world, region by region from where the world Islamic government will evolve. This ideology springs from the Muslim brotherhood movement in Egypt from where it migrate to Algeria. The Algerian connection is the real root of the Boko Haram and the Somali groups. Muslims in the north and others in the south do not understand the implication of the BH threat. They are not after the north or even Nigeria, no! They are the international Jihady movement’s anointed representatives in Africa.
    Late Sheikh Muhammad Adams Albani of Zaria, may his soul be blessed, killed by the special orders of Sheikh Shekau once commented sarcastically that “these children have the dream that they can take over Nigeria by starting a Jihad from Borno…”. Day after day I become more disillusioned that these so called “dreamers” are gaining on our corrupt military.

  • Bayodele Kolawole Plato

    Good write up