The Nigeria Military ground forces fighting against Boko Haram have successfully blocked movements of terrorists in and out of Sambisa forest as the last stronghold of the insurgents.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai made this disclosure shortly after monitoring troops’ deployment at Banki junction in Borno State.
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Buratai declared that the ongoing “Operation Crack Down” has been successful as the troops were making steady progress in dismantling the remaining Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa.
“The troops are doing very well; they had some challenges in terms of encounters with the terrorists in the theatre but that is being tackled. The troops are forming a blocking force to prevent the terrorists from moving into Sambisa forest or coming out of the area.”
Meanwhile Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, were warned on Wednesday not to make premature claims of victory, despite the Islamist group being pegged back by a sustained military counter-insurgency. According to International Crisis Group (ICG)
“…though the military response to Boko Haram has become more cogent, the Lake Chad states should not be too quick to proclaim ‘mission accomplished.”
The security analysts added
“Even if they are made to abandon all territorial pretensions in Nigeria’s northeast and the Lake Chad area, or are forced to abandon their guerrilla war, some Boko Haram militants at least are likely to seek to continue their insurgency in some form, probably through terror attacks.”
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On May 14, Nigeria and its neighbours Cameroon, Chad and Niger are expected to hold a security summit in Abuja with international partners including Britain, France and the United States. The ICG said the meeting — two years after the first in Paris — was “an opportunity to consolidate regional and wider international cooperation” as well as review current policies.