Nigerian military intensifies airstrikes on Gwoza, Bama – Defence Headquarters

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The Nigerian military has stepped up air strikes on Gwoza and Bama, Borno State, ahead of possible invasion by troops aiming to retake the two towns seized by the insurgent group, Boko Haram, last year, the defence headquarters said Monday.

Government forces have made some gains in the last two weeks in the fight against Boko Haram militants, retaking some key towns from them and pushing to eject the group from their strongholds in the North East.

Gwoza and Bama are the two most important towns still under Boko Haram control, after the military announced Saturday it had recaptured Baga, a fishing community near Lake Chad. The military had earlier in the week retaken Monguno, also in Borno State.

Reports from the frontlines are difficult to independently verify.

The military said Monday with the airstrikes, it was preparing for “other phases of the mission”, likely, a full invasion of the areas still controlled by the extremists, who are responsible for more than 15,000 deaths.

“Meanwhile, in furtherance of the mission to clear terrorists from all their enclaves by the military, the Nigerian Air Force has stepped up its air bombardment of identified targets in Gwoza, Bama and Sambisa forest, preparatory to other phases of the mission,” a statement by spokesperson, Mr. Olukolade, said.

He said the airstrikes were successful.

The Defence Spokesperson said, “Having successfully liberated Baga where the terrorists have been marauding, the troops’ attention has now been focused on consolidation of the security of the area to pave way for return of citizens”.

The Nigerian government and the military had been humiliated by Boko Haram’s rapid successes in 2014, with widespread criticism over the government’s handling of the war.

The military has now pledged to reclaim all seized territories, a vow affirmed weekend by President Goodluck Jonathan, who himself has been scathingly criticised ahead of elections in March.

The military said Monday its cordon and operation in Baga showed that some of the Boko Haram terrorists now disguise as women in an attempt to escape.

The statement said the search has resulted in the recovery of arms hidden in various locations.

Mr. Olukolade said apart from terrorists captured during the fight, those hiding in the town have also been arrested. He added that troops were interrogating these suspects.


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  • Chris1408

    Na wao, so our military can defeat Boko Haram in almost two weeks, yet they waited for more than 5 years for Boko Haram to kill and maim thousands of innocent Nigerians.

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      ”He who fights and run away lives to fight another day” BOKO HARAM could fight and run away into NIGER, CHAD and CAMEROUN before. NOW there is NO HIDING PLACE for the BOKOHARAMITES. You do not need to be a genius to understand this!!!!

    • Guguru

      Chris1408,

      It makes me more angry at the Jonathan administration because so many lives could have been saved. Does this not look like a stage managed operation to make Jonathan look good?

      • Peter

        It is like you have a lot of sympathy for the Boko Haram that you do not see anything good in the military and the civilian administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. Sadist.

        • Philip Musa

          true talk. Notice that the APC hoodlums are hiding their head in shame online!

        • Guguru

          Peter,

          It is like the brain in your head is a decoration. As a result and in order for that brain to be fully functional, it appears to be located on your ankle these days, so that you can more easily have access to stepping on, and mashing it up, if it fails to deploy the requisite and expected performance, right?

          • begy

            What’s your point be object and accept criticism. You can only learn from it. You opinion is not final.

          • Guguru

            Begy,

            Be quiet. Go and study the meaning of “criticism” and then come back and discuss.Do not display mediocrity here.

      • Chris1408

        Exactly my point

    • Philip Musa

      Shame on you! Swallow your tongue there, APC/boko haram apologist! Your APC/boko haram brothers are experiencing the wrath of GEJ now ha?! Wait until he stays there ’till 2019 and see what becomes of your ilk!!

      • Umar Dendi

        Wait until we kick you baseborn’s back to the rills come March!
        you archfiend have had your last sip of gore!

        • Philip Musa

          gross exhibition of maudlin sentimentalism… try again! In 2019 if your master buhari/shekau/APC is available then.

          • Umar Dendi

            Well, I would not ask you to try again!
            I know you dolt brain-ed, block-headed dorks will varnish into oblivion!
            A deserving fate for you goblins!!

          • Philip Musa

            Is that what you learned from the “Hobbit?” You sentence coordination is desperately poor man. Try again!!

          • Umar Dendi

            Poor Philip!
            Knuckleheads do not have much arguments I guess!

      • Guguru

        Phillip screw driver,

        Do you mind telling us how he intends to stay in power till 2019?

    • begy

      Because each time they move in to dislodge them, some Northerner would shout abuse. There is no way you can fight them without civilian casualties, but the army was been careful to in list the support of the Northerner. Which can when Book Haram turned from killing Southners and Christian to everybody on their way. That is when those silently supporting them in the North rose to condemn them and called on Nigerian army for help. Nigeria has outstanding army that can route these bastards
      Out but some political games were on, which the military did not want to be part of.

  • larry

    HAHA, THE NORTHERN LEADERS WHO SPONSOR BOKOHARAM ARE FUNNY 🙂 .

    • Peter

      Is this not SHEKAU?

      • campol

        its him.. He is an imbecile at the same time..

      • Otile

        Might be Umar Dendi himself.

    • Umar Dendi

      You are funny indeed!
      But perhaps the sponsoring comes from the runnel dwellers port-side!

      • larry

        Umar Dendi ! I thought i had seen them all 🙂

      • Otile

        Dendi boy, you people are funny.

  • Guguru

    In June of 2012, President Jonathan made the following comment:

    “But to us in this country and to me in particular, the Boko Haram members are Nigerians and I don’t want to lose the life
    of one Nigerian.

    “I will love a situation where the Boko Haram people will stop the rubbish that they are doing so that they can be trained in
    business skills that will enable them to become productive and contribute to our economy.

    “Government will like to dialogue with Boko Haram but presently, Boko Haram has no face. Nobody will come and tell you I am the leader of Boko Haram. “And government will not dialogue with a faceless group. You must have a face; you must tell us the reason why you are doing what you are doing. Then of course, we will dialogue.”

    Nigerian Punch, June 2012, “Jonathan opens up on Boko Haram, Azazi, others”

    By 2014, Jonathan treated Boko Haram with “kid gloves” and even negotiated with a “faceless” group as he described them.

  • korona melvin

    WELL DONE TROOPS. VICTORY IS SURE FOR US BY THE GRACE OF GOD. NIGERIA SHALL SOON BE FREE FROM TERRORISM, I SALUTE THE COURAGE OF ALL THOSE IN THE FIGHT AGAINT TERROR. #GEJ4NAIJA

  • chi boss

    saanu saanu, Nigeria will know peace again very soon..#GEJ4NAIJA

  • grace folarin

    APC/boko haram brothers are experiencing the wrath of GEJ now ha?! Wait until he stays there ’till 2019 and see what becomes of them. #GEJ4NAIJA

  • Richard

    We all know that our troops are capable of victory over the terrorists but for our clueless President who thinks everything is politics and should be politicized. His inactions have blown in his face. Where and how did he get the equipment he has been blaming every foreign countries of blocking the sale. There is a limit you can take the people for granted. It is time for change which is inevitable.

    • Philip Gokir Musa

      Your brain thinks everything is about politics, hence your APC affiliation. Now your APC association has blown up in your face and you’re desperately trying to hang on to something/anything to save your sinking ship. You and your APC ilk shall be disgraced!

      • Richard

        I’m sure you were blinded by your politics. I’m neither a member of your PDP nor your enemy APC. I’m a Nigerian and I love Nigeria though I don’t reside there. Even when I was in Nigeria I belonged to the family of intellectuals. I’m just being concerned for my nation. Some of you don’t even know the duties of a President. His number one constitutional duties is to provide security for the country. So , security issue should not even be politicized because it is an impeachable of fence to be derelict in this area. We have heard and seen our troops complaining of lack of equipment to prosecute the war. All of sudden the equipment surfaced. It is our right to ask questions why should the President allowed so much souls to be sacrificed before providing equipment to the troops. In a sane society , the President ought to have been impeached. The question now is are you concerned about the country or about Jonathan .

        • shadow

          I am forced to reply you. When the JTF were pounding on BHT in Maiduguri and your fathers and brothers claimed they were killing innocent people. Your so called politicians in the name of El Rufai and Gov of Zamfara cried to international community for help. You said you can handle BHT on your own and you dont need the military in Borno. You guys are so self centered and myopic thats y u can easily forget what you ve said in the pass. The leaders in the north should be held responsible for the woes of the BHT not anyone else. But thank God their days are no.

    • begy

      The equipment was bought from Russia. Meanwhile, foundamental terrorism is not an easy fight. You are not fighting a standing army but group of thugs and their sympathisers. If you confront them, they melt into the community of sympathisers, and lunch attach on unsuspecting soldiers and civilians. To win the war against this cabals, you need the cooperation of the villagers, but that is damn difficult as most of the villagers connive with them to attack innocent civilians and the law enforcement agents.

      • Dan maikoko

        So the president did not know there are weapons in Russia 6 years ago?

        • Born To rule

          You think its that easy to just budget such an amount for these kinds of weapons and get it approved by the National Assembly? or were u in planet Jupiter when all the efforts made by the FG to procure military arsenals from the Western countries were frustrated by US, South Africa and their allies in Nigeria (APC)? Maigoro or maikoko, wake up from your slumber aboki, the soldiers are very close to arresting you and your book haram cohorts!

    • Toke St Franklin

      at least our clueless president is better than your weak father who does not have a national name?

      • Richard

        By the way , who is your father?

    • Peter

      The fact that you are not residing in Nigeria is not enough to call an elected president of your country ‘clueless’, just because some dirty people are disgruntled for one reason or the other. I don’t know which country you reside, but nowhere in this world is so much hatred unleashed on the leadership of their country as in Nigeria simply because that president is not from their region or that he does not belong to their type of religion. Respect, they say, begets respect. If your president is a lame man, so be it because he is your president. Negativity breeds negativity. The way things are going today, even if Buhari by accident becomes president, he will be visited with the same venomous hatred that was meted out to President Jonathan throughout his tenure. So be plain and criticize when it is necessary and stop rubbishing your leaders simply because you heard others doing so.

  • trippi

    This is sad news for APC people oo…

    • Otile

      Very true.

  • Wise Head

    In recent statement, APC spokesman, Garba Shehu alleged that the FG is planning to invent a “fake” Imam Shekau whom they will make to say that the APC and Buhari are behind Boko Haram. I think that this quite an unnecessary anxiety. But it also demonstrates that the APC is already panicking. This is too early. The blood-thirsty politicians using the Boko Haram killings and violence as a tool to bring power back to the North will surely be exposed this time. Imam Shekau will surely be caught alive. If he promised APC that he will not allow himself to caught alive (as implied in their statement above), the APC and BH leader will all be disappointed, because very soon, he will be in custody and he will spill the bean. By the way, who told the APC that the man wants to die? Look at the example of Osama Bin Laden who would send some brainwashed fellows on suicide missions while he stayed back in his Pakistani palace amusing himself with his three wives and watching porn. So, I doubt if Shekau wants to die. He may even be the worst coward that ever walked on planet, though a sadist. So, Buhari and APC should not predict what the man would say. They should keep their fingers crossed until he is caught. This is becoming interesting. I am waiting to see how the APC will handle this.

  • laura

    I understand that the coalition fighting ISIS is made up of 60 countries contributing Men and Materials . They still haven’t dislodged ISIS from any major strong hold . Here we have our own African Coalition of three nations and people who should be shouting this from the roof tops are still complaining . Those who can’t see or appreciate anything good in their own Country should at least commend the military for this achievement and appreciate their enormous sacrifice . May God keep our gallant soldiers and Bless our land.let us always remain positive about our Country .Nobody will appreciate you if you don’t appreciate yourself.