Buhari declares Boko Haram’s ‘final crushing’; says last Sambisa stronghold ‘fallen’


Nigerian soldiers have raided Boko Haram’s “last enclave” in Sambisa forest, and the insurgents have finally been crushed, President Muhammadu Buhari said Saturday.

The president said in a statement he was “most proud” to receive the “long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists”.

“I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage and resilience of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at ‘Camp Zero’, which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa Forest,” the president said.

He said he was told by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, that the camp fell at about 1:35p.m. on Friday.

Read Mr. Buhari’s full statement below:


I am delighted at, and most proud of the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army, on receipt of the long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa Forest.

I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage and resilience of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at “Camp Zero”, which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa Forest.

I was told by the Chief of Army Staff that the Camp fell at about 1:35pm on Friday, December 22, and that the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide.  I urge you to maintain the tempo by pursuing them and bringing them to justice.

I, therefore, call on all Nigerians to cooperate and support the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies by providing useful information that will expose all the terrorists hiding among the populace.

Further efforts should be intensified to locate and free our remaining Chibok girls still in captivity. May God be with them.

I also want to congratulate and commend the able leadership of the Nigerian Army in particular and indeed, that of the Armed Forces in general, for making this possible. This, no doubt, will go a long way in improving the security situation not only in the North East, but the country in general.  But we must not let our guards down.

Once more, congratulations to our troops and all who, in one way or the other, contributed to this most commendable and momentous effort. May the Almighty continue to be with you.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a most rewarding and peaceful Year 2017 ahead.




December 24, 2016.


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  • Rommel

    Winning the war is not the problem but how to stop the suicide bombings,these people must have established sleepy cells in certain areas waiting for signals to strike,we wait to see the response from Boko Haram then we can confirm

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Simply put your mind at rest,Rommel, the president has simply spoken from the position of strength and information.

      • Otile

        Where did Imam get his strength, from Beelzebub?

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          It is baffling when all of you rushed here chanting the same thing like blinded fellow as though you all attended the same institute of stupidity. The question I asked,non of you could answer. Yet you are enquiring to know if and what!. What a shame to a generation that cannot think but wants to talk. It will all be the usual babiyanlaa babiyanlaa

    • Julius

      I’m with you sir. Case in point, the U S war against terrorists in Afghan, Iraq and other places around the world proves ya point.

    • Arogbo

      If we keep up destroying their hideouts, nobody will like to harbor them.

    • Iskacountryman

      let him keep boasting…shekau would send him a new year message soon…

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  • Emeka

    This is why I love this man “pmb” with everything in me. Sir, the God that sent you for this rescue mission would never let you down IJMN. I now know you would have all the time in the world to deal mercilessly with these looters of the public treasury, since one of the greatest worries of the Nigerian people is led to rest. Sir, if you can read the post of your unrepentant supporters like me, I would like you to double your efforts in making food available to the downtrodden, as we have already seen the result of our locally grown foods this year. e.g lake rice and abakaliki rice which are in high demand across the nation. May God be with you Sir.

    • Arogbo


  • Abdullah Musa

    But looks like another camp must be elsewhere, otherwise where are the girls?

  • RAPE on The Niger Delta

    There is massive poverty in the Niger Delta. There is nothing to show for the wealth of the region as monies from the region are used to develop Abuja and the rest of the country. The only benefit the oil producing and resource owners – Biafra and Niger Delta regions benefit from Nigeria are :
    – Pollution
    – Neglect
    – Violence
    – Military Occupation
    – Wanton arrest of its citizens
    – Harassment
    – Sponsored propaganda to defame
    – Bypass in political appointments
    – Hate, hate and more hate
    – Etc etc, etc

    …yet, the parasitic regions (Vultures) that feast on the resources of the Niger Delta want it to remain part of Nigeria even as they care not about the many artificial problems that oil exploration has brought to the people –Health issues / Diseases arising from toxic pollutants. Buhari never borrowed to clean up the Niger Delta or rehabilitate the displaced farmers and fishermen. But he borrows to resettle those reportedly displaced by Islamic terrorists – a people (Terrorists) he claims must not be killed.

    SECESSION is the only way for the Niger Delta and Biafran regions if they must achieve their potentials. Buhari can remain president of the rest of Nigeria and those of us who do not want to be associated with Nigeria in any way should be left alone to live our dreams and fly to our destination – have our own country. And this is what we must do. May God be with our freedom fighting comrades – the AVENGERS.

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Why not ask for the reason why ibori,alams,mama peace,asari,tompolo, looted you blind. You are now exposing your ignorance on line in the name of commenting. Have you read how much the UK government is about to take from saint ibori,£15m, convert and do the mathematical calculation and see for yourself what that amount can do for your region.

      • Julius

        Responding to that moron is a waste or your precious time. Read him , if you must and laugh.

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          Guy no mind the e d yot jare. They can frustrate you sometimes. Anyway,thanks juli!

          • Julius

            Abi oo. Eku ise.

      • share Idea

        I hope it was Tompolo that sold his allocated oil well for about $1B and declared to the whole world that he does not know what to do with proceeds after paying some tax to FG.

        Please remind us how Buhari earned the money he used in buying expensive house in Abuja or the 50 bedroom mansion built in Niger state by Buhari. If you are so pained that people in Niger delta should be worried about stealing by their tribesmen, how do you think people from Niger Delta would be feeling for stealing being done by people outside their region. Nigeria we hail thee

    • Ibrahim Jibrin

      Useless people whose thinking comes from their ass.. Go and ask your leaders the revenue allocation they were receiving from the FG what do they use it for? Well, for your information 30 percent of the so called oil money goes to that region and what do they use such fiunds for? Nothing, only encourages militancy, thuggery and now the region is more deteriorated than Syria. While the Northerners are on one side trying to reorientate their people, encouraging tolerance and getting rid of of illiteracy amongst their people but these fools are there making campaigns of calumny and radicalizing their youths to turn against the Federal Government. Please you people should continue with your militancy and Biafraud while the Yorubas and the Hausas continue enjoying and controlling the affairs of this country, continue with the good work you started.

    • FIDEL

      Biafra and Niger Delta have a choice. They can simply boycott ALL further elections in Nigeria UNTIL there is RESTRUCTURING that would lead to true federalism and AUTONOMY to the federating units. The boycott will work like magic. Just refuse to send people (since there will be no election in the 2 Zones) to House of Reps and Senate. Simple. This must be our strategy in 2019.

  • Man_Enough

    Where are the girls?

    • Iskacountryman

      with their husbands…

  • Bigtin

    Good news ….may the good lord continually bless us all particularly our gallant brothers and sisters in uniform. Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year to all.

  • Lanre Apampa

    Kudos to the military. Kudos to PMB. I rejoice with our boys at the bleeding edge in the forest and their parents and loved ones. May God bring you safely back.

    • Arogbo


  • Usman

    Bravo to the troops.
    Apart from rescuing the remaining Chibok girls and all others kidnapped, the government need to dig out and punish the sponsors.

  • ed

    You have to give it to President Buhari for his unending propaganda abilities .
    Technically defeated Boko Haram are now being clear Sambasi forest.
    On the 24/2016. The President of Nigerian armed can say without any doubt. That Boko Haram are not only technically defeated but completely defeated.
    The forest is still largely technically controlled by Boko Haram. But who cares about the truth.

    • Julius

      I’m sure you have the whole truth and more info than the President.

      • ed

        I’m just Honorable and honest. I don’t make false statements.
        I’m not a politician.

        • Julius

          Good for you but, I would rather believe in those that are in the know.

          • ed

            Those with track record of lies.

          • Otile

            Imam’s carrier is built on lies and deceit. Only_fools and harlots believe him.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Even though the wailers will be mourning now that,itis a result of success and not that of failure which they have been eagerly anticipating for,I say three gbosas for our gallant men and women. Sambisa has fallen just like the Aleppo. Like I always say,war is too bitter to experience, but victory cannot be over celebrated.

  • imagine_2012

    Who now told Buhari the clown that boko haram is in sambisa forest. Boko haram is in the hearts and minds of northern Muslims. Boko haram or another boko would rise again

    • Julius

      I’m sure you will make sure they rise again. My hope , wish and prayer is that you will be leading them facing the Nigerian troops. Amen !!

      • imagine_2012

        Fortunately am not a relitard like you. Prayers do not matter.

    • Ayinde

      Indeed i agree totally with you Boko Haram is their heart and mind and this is manifested by their action and inaction by their perennial fear of people of other faith hence their level of intolerance , and habitual abuse of machinery of power.



    • Ha

      Boko Haram will rise in your own family house by God’s grace. Amen

      • imagine_2012

        Fortunately am not a relitard like you. There is no god’s grace anywhere. If they choose to rise in my family, then let them rise.

  • Waka

    Will they? See common Iraq in battle for Mosul. From day one, journalists are embedded and are free to report even few instances of extrajudicial killings. Try so-called powerful Naijerian army. In eight years of fighting Boko Haram, no real (media shot) video (not propaganda clips) of troops advancing, engaging in battle, exchanging fire, arresting suspects etc. I believe we have the most incapable army on this planet.

    • Otile

      You know very well that Boko Haram is not defeated.


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  • JasV

    Congratulations to our boys and girls well done. I would like to give the boko haram heads to my dogs for peppersoup after they have been purified and exorcised of the evil spirits and maggots of the god they claim to be fighting for. No matter what we are definitely in control and better than when ogogoro drunk badluck, sokoto prince of thieves and saraki of thieves were in charge this time 2014.

    • Otile

      Don’t congratulate them based on this claim.

  • Nigerian Builder

    Glory be to God Almighty for the great things He has done for our nation. The scriptures that says that Evil shall slay the wicked,that those that hate the righteous shall be desolate .is indeed not out of place. also says that they shall eat their own flesh and drink their own Bl00d.
    Let the heat now be turned on the murderous Fulani herdsmen with a view to clearing the blood thirsty vampires amongst them who are killing nigerians in their lands and homes.Congrats Nigerian Armed forces ,but my question is,what is boko haram really fighting for?. Whose interest are they fighting to protect? ,and who are the beneficiaries of their wars.

    • Otile

      Glory be to God for other things but not for this bogus claim.

  • Republican in VI

    Great job, well done. Where is shekau’s dead body?

    • Sammie Oliha



      Before the Nigerian soldiers
      soldiers pack out of Sambisa forest and go back home, President Buhari should
      visit Sambisa forest and take a walk there alone. A liberated war zone is a
      safe zone and that means president Buhari can spend one or two nights there
      with only Aisha Buhari. It is not asking too much that all ministers should
      later be invited next Wednesday to join Buhari and Aisha.

      All the cabinet Ministers will hold
      a Special session of the federal executive council meeting inside Sambisa forest.
      All the Ministers should please come with their wives and children. The Buhari government
      must not be too shy to celebrate this total and final defeat of Boko Haram. After that kind of
      presidential example, Nigerians themselves can begin to go to Sambisa forest for tourism.

      • GusO

        Just because Sambisa forest is liberated does not mean it’s ready for your suggestion of a meeting of the cabinet yet. The place needs to be de-mined of IEDs first and that will take time.

        • Otile

          Which area of the forest is liberated? Have you been there?

    • Otile

      He is not dead.

  • Ali Hassan

    Premium Times must stop this kind of nonsense. What is all this? Why must Premium Times report this story?
    Is it every nonsense that must be reported for God sake? Somebody can just wake up and say anything he likes?
    This kind of story here can annoy Boko Haram too much to kill too many Christians tomorrow, so, why provoke them?
    What is Premium Times going to gain if Boko Haram is provoked after reading this nonsense story and starts killing?

    • suleiman

      Mallam Ali Hassan
      There is nothing to be afraid of. Military defeat is not witchcraft; it is solid fact! Since your government specializes in lies, why are blaming PT here? Shouldn’t they not report the folly and lies of this government? Didn’t they say BH has been technically defeated? Ask those who live in the northeast to tell you the story of the technical defeat of BH. It were better if this government learn to just kept quiet if they have no good news to report to the Nigerian people. The suffering incurred on citizens of this country is enough and the last thing we want hear is these pack of lies!

    • Iskacountryman

      the army bullied them into reporting a feel good story…

  • thusspokez

    Nigerian soldiers have raided Boko Haram’s “last enclave” in Sambisa forest, and the insurgents have finally been crushed, President Muhammadu Buhari said Saturday.

    I am sorry, but driving boko harm out of the Sambisa forest is not the same as crushing them. Go across the border into Chad and you will find them.

    • Atleast not in Nigeria soil.

      • thusspokez

        They can be inside Nigeria in a matter of minutes — as they have often done to carry out attacks before retreating back into Chad and Niger.

        • Otile

          Not if they are defeated as Imam said, unless you don’t believe Imam.

    • CeeCee1818

      And they can always come back.

      • thusspokez

        Of course.

        • Otile

          If they are really defeated they will not come back. Time will tell.

  • Ajax Wemimo

    Would be great to give substantial evidence of photograph every graphic videos. However I am join the president an many Nigeria to commend , relentless courage courage sacrificial efforts geared the Nigeria army to rest normalcy and achieve zero terrorism activities in the Northeastern part of other areas areas Nigeria. Salute!!!

  • Kudo

    Super story

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    If this story were true, the remaining Chibok Girls would have been found and rescued. I take this with less than a pinch of salt. Yeye dey smell.

  • cheky

    Congrats Buhari, if the story is actually true!!

  • Artful ºDodger

    God bless President Buhari
    God bless our troops
    God bless Nigeria(nnamdi kanu the cage dweller and his nuisance and retarded followers not included).

    • Jon

      God bless Buhari for driving Boko haram to unknown location?

  • Sanssouci

    Finally some good news in Naija…, well done Olonishakin, Buratai, Ekwe Ibas, Sadiq and the boys, well done Buhari!

  • We support and we thank our brave Army for their successes on the battlefield. They could’ve accomplished these feats 3-4 yrs ago if the Arewa Elders had not launched selfish political campaigns against them and the prior administration for political gains. It’s better late than never. Congrats guys.

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  • CeeCee1818

    So where are the rest of the girls? Congratulations however for driving BH out, hopefully they’re not coming back.

  • HARD FACTS!…Hypocrite!

    1) Where is Abubaka Shekau?
    2) Why is it that not a SINGLE Boko Haram terrorist is in court or is being prosecuted?
    3) Why is it that not a SINGLE Boko Haram Islamist terrorist has been jailed by any Nigeria
    4) Isn’t it true that Buhari and his clique simply keep them in detention only to release them in secret someday or when there is reported jail break?
    5) Why are the terrorist Fulani Herdsmen from the North not prosecuted?
    6) Why is it that not even a SINGLE one of them is in jail? None has ever been arrested since May 29, 2016. Why?
    7) How can Islamist terrorists in Northern Nigeria occupying 1st and 4th positions in terms of rate of killings and beheading not have even a single conviction or death sentences under Buhari?

    8) Why have all Governors of the South, East and West (Except Sir Fayose of Ekiti) suddenly become stuuupid, dumb and numb?

    9) Why has Buhari never spoken a word against Islamist terrorist leader -ABubakar Shekau but finds time to speak and castigate IPOB’s Kanu?

    10) Is there really a difference in ideology between Buhari and his kinsmen – Northern Islamist terrorists?
    11) How can the war be over when the SPONSORS of Boko haram have not been exposed?
    12) Buhari, where are the Sponsors of Boko Haram? Where is Shekau?

    • Yak

      I wonder why Buhari never speaks about the sponsors of Boko haram, the capture of their proxy leader (Shekau). I say proxy leader because the real leaders are politicians from the North. At least former Security Adviser – General Azazi told us that much before they used a suicide pilot to crash his helicopter. Surely the truth will be exposed very soon and the hottest parts of hell will be the final resting place for all conspirators.

  • Jon

    You and Bahari are rejoicing for driving Boko Haram to unknown location? You and Buhari do not know what victory is. Boko haram victory can be celebrated if:
    a. There is a total surrender by Boko haram – collaborated with pictures and video
    b. Massacre of say, a 1,000 or 500 Boko harams – collaborated with pictures and video.

    Gentlemen, there is nothing to celebrate for driving Boko Haram to unknown location. The threat is still there. By the way, Boko Haram is waging a guerilla warfare. There are all inside the villages of Bornu State strapping bombs to vulnerable young girls and sending them on suicide missions.

    • blackdove

      I can understand your disappointment, having a clueless and weakling for a hero – Jonathan.
      These facts are indisputable:
      1. Prior to the 2015 election, boko haram not only was in control of 46 local governments, sambisa forest, lake Chad region and a striking range within the entire north east, north west and north central.
      2. Money for procurement of weapons was looted such that soldiers did not have bullets in their guns, and as such Nigeria’s once proud armed forces became a weak entity, thanks to your hero – Jonathan.
      3. Upon assumption of the presidency, the command and control Centre was moved to the theater of battle, while you people laughed and made mockery of an experienced general who had dessimated a similar insurgent group 3 degades earlier. We have now seen the results of such strategery.

  • Kevin Peter

    A very good Christmas present. With Sambisa finally taken care of, Economy should be more paramount going forward.

  • Kevin Peter

    Kindly help us confirm that the remaining Chibok girls have equally been rescued, having combed the heart of Sambisa.

    • paul irumundomon

      It was a scam from the begining till this very moment, they have all the rights in the world, to use a southern general, to conclude their evil plot.

  • Grapevine

    There has been 3 Islamic holidays/celebrations observed in Nigeria in 2016. In each case PT put up a corporate message of felicitation on its website wishing every Muslim and Nigerians a happy Idir Kabir or happy this or that…i.e., by mentioning the name of the celebration which is the reason for the holiday. Now that is is Christmas, PT has refused to wish Christains and Nigerians a ‘Happy Christmas” instead its wishes Nigerians a ‘the best of the holidays and a happy 2017’. This is how religiously biased even a so-called corporate body can be. Take a look @ the right side of PT’s web page as see 4urself. Now I believe every word Fani Kayode writes about this Islamic agenda and non tolerance.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Now that the declaration has been made, we take it that we shall and MUST NOT talk about Sambisa Forest again! The Sambisa matter has gone and gone forever. So, next chapter, please!

  • Maria Darego

    If armed robbers and kidnappers use a particular building as their operations hideout and later abandon it, should the police declare victory after raiding the abandoned empty building?

    • CeeCee1818

      Without the girls it’s an empty victory.

    • paul irumundomon

      No no no no

  • paul irumundomon

    If there were to be anonymous interviews, Nigerians eight out every ten, would tell you that they believed Nigerians set up Boko haram. Nothing of such has been carried out yet, our children’s children have that job, to carry out.
    In the history of the world, 280 innocent children were kidnapped in the middle of the night, they disappeared into thin air. The government identified where they were kept, two years later, few would come out from North south, North East and north west. Some were so secrets, these young girls were not even allowed to talk to the press.
    Now the scary game will be over, when will these members “call them entity” the Boko haram, will dissolve into the society.
    Nigerians are all waiting to thesee games, the games to torment one and many, to satisfy a very few cabals. What were they promised, those who we now see, as survival of a crime ring organized by Nigerian elites. Let’s drain the swamp, to see the bottom, there are going to intrigue discovering, if good divers are ready to get to the bottom.

  • paul irumundomon

    It was a muslim army, that was set up by muslims, to cause harm against muslims. If all Nigerians read in the news are all correct, why is it secret to have this open interviews, from these rescued girls. Tactical general, good that they have destroyed the last standing post, where are the spoils of war, how many people were captured, how was the final plan executed, where are the remaining girls, or they too, like other girls are already with their parents. All of us can’t just be fooled by this criminal elements in nigeria. They put Edo man forward, to tell the world, their success, we all knew is a game from the very beginning. Now the Boko haram they captured are not shown on televions, for security purpose, amnesty will be discussed behind closed doors. That is how Boko haram chapter in Nigeria, would be closed for ever by buhari, thank you very much, your lies did not cut it.

  • Taiwo

    When will Buhari conduct journalists round the liberated forest? He is a liar. Oniro patapata ni! This sponsored news is to provide a cover for the planned massive funding of his so-called north east development commission. Funds will be channelled via the commission to his 2019 presidential ambition.

    • Baban Yara

      Who started the NE development program? Was it not GEJ?

  • Otile

    How many times did Imam Mohamed Buhari and his goons claimed to have killed Imam Shekau. This comes to mind at this point in time.

  • Otile

    This is an imaginary victory, man.

    • Charles Ekpo

      You were actually correct

  • Decimator

    The English tutorial is ever getting better from Mohammadu Buhari, at first they were defeated, then technically defeated, decimated, weakened, degraded, on final onslaught to surrender, and now finally crushed. Let’s wait for the next add on.

  • Olatubosun

    Yes o my amiable president………….. We can now see the end of sambisa forest

  • Olatubosun

    President Mohammed buhari is working towards a great development

    • dele20

      Of course yes

  • Olatubosun

    We believe you sir my president…. Thank you for crushing bokoharam.

    • Decimator

      Believe is done in the Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples and traditional religion etc. Lets wait and see the reality. OK

    • dele20

      This present APC administration has championed the Boko Haram, kudos to PMB

  • dele20

    Whaoooooooo! This administration has done what the previous administration was clueless to do

  • marc umeh

    At last there is no room for doubt. Nigerian and international newsmedia finally given access. Now they are basking in true glory.