*Troops kill nine terrorists, rescue 998 persons
*Buratai launches operation in Kano
The Nigerian Army has said that its decision to establish a unit in Daura, hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, was in fulfillment of implementation of the approved Order of Battle 2016 (ORBAT 2016) by the Army Council.
The Army stated that the establishment of the military base was to further enhance security in parts of its area of responsibility in 1 Division.
Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-General Sani Usman said in a statement on Saturday that the unit was named Fort Muhammadu Buhari Forward Operation Base, after President Muhammadu Buhari. Usman stressed that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, unveiled the unit on Friday.
The Director added that “the establishment of the new unit was part of the implementation of the Nigerian Army approved Order of Battle 2016 (ORBAT 2016) by the Army Council.”
He said: “To further enhance security in parts of 1 Division Nigerian Army’s area of responsibility, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has commissioned Fort Muhammadu Buhari Forward Operation Base, Daura, Katsina State which was named after President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The establishment of the new unit was part of the implementation of the Nigerian Army approved Order of Battle 2016 (ORBAT 2016) by the Army Council. Prior to that, he was at the palace of HRH, Alhaji (Dr) Umar Faruk Umar, the Emir of Daura for a courtesy call”, the statement noted.
Meanwhile, troops of the 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade Nigerian Army in collaboration with a team of members of Civilian Joint Task Force, JTF, yesterday, killed nine Boko Haram terrorists. The combined military and civilian JTF also rescued a total of 998 persons from the grip of Boko Haram terrorists, in Ngala, Borno State.
The defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists came when troops and the civilian JTF embarked on a combined fighting patrol to the area. The development followed confirmed information about the presence of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in some villages around Ngala.
Usman explained that “the patrol team had a fierce encounter with the terrorists at Ndufu, which they decisively dealt with before proceeding to clear Muktu and Muzuri, as well as nearby communities within the area.
“Although some of terrorists fled to various directions on sighting the troops, the patrol team was able to neutralise nine terrorists, destroyed their Improvised Explosive Device (IED)-making factory and rescued 998 persons.”
Usman said: “Those rescued were 125 at Ndufu, 802 at Muktu and 71 persons at Muzuri. Interestingly, despite the heat of the battle, the troops also vaccinated all children under the age of 5 with Polio vaccinations.”
“In addition, the troops recovered one AK-47 rifle with registration number 565231515, an AK-47 rifle magazine, two Boko Haram terrorists’ flags, four motorcycles, two solar panels, two already prepared IEDs, detonating cords and other explosive-making components.
“It is gratifying to note that 3 Battalion has maintained its status as one of the best fighting units in the theatre as they did not sustain any casualty or injury during the operation,” Usman stated.
Furthermore, Lt-General Buratai yesterday in Kano launched the Operation Harbin Kunama II at the dreaded Falgore Forest, as part of efforts to curb the menace of cattle rustling, kidnapping and insurgency.
The Army Chief who spoke to reporters at Government House shortly before departing to Falgore Forest said he has extensively discussed with the state Governor (Abdullahi) Ganduje on modalities to curb criminal activities at the forest and parts of Kano South, which has been in the grip of criminals in recent times.
“The measures adopted are to fast-track the issue of insurgency that has spread across the country in which the Nigerian Army uses all necessary machinery to achieve the success of the operation that is being conducted in various states of the federation.”
Buratai also commended Governor Ganduje for his continuous support to security agencies, especially the 3 Mechanised Brigade, Kano where 16 Hilux vehicles were recently donated to improve security operations in the state.
He said the success recorded in the annihilation of Boko Haram in the North-east has dispersed the remnants of the terror group to other parts of the North, including Falgore and causing havoc and criminal activities in the forest, which necessitated the need for the establishment of the operation in the forest.
Speaking also, Ganduje thanked the Army Chief and his entourage for his visit and reiterated his administration’s commitment in supporting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of security in the country.
The governor said since the inception of Buhari’s administration, the issue of terrorism is now becoming history as the Army under the leadership of Buratai has dislodged the insurgents in the North-east and restored peace in the region.