Nigeria military step up air, land deployment to fight Boko Haram


Major-General Chris Olukolade, Defence spokesman

DHQ spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade
DHQ spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade

The Defence Headquarters said necessary deployment of troops and equipment was ongoing to reverse recent violation and breach of security by terrorists and criminals operating in some parts of the country.

This information was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade.

The statement said that the coordinated air bombardment was already yielding required results in the mission to repel the unwarranted attacks on citizens, especially in Adamawa and Borno.

It said that land forces were also conducting mop up operations to apprehend retreating terrorists and facilitate restoration of normalcy in some of the affected communities.

It said that more details would be released as the operations progressed.

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The statement also said that the content of the video purportedly released by terrorists on Friday was being studied.

It added that further information on subsequent position on the issues involved would be released in due course.

“The military will continue to accord due recognition to any ongoing mediatory efforts toward bringing our girls home and terminating the insecurity in parts of the country.

“Citizens are assured that the military and security agencies remain committed and optimistic for positive outcome of ongoing operations,” It added.

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