The Nigerian soldiers deployed for counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in the North East, have been asked to hunt and kill Boko Haram terrorists.
The Head of the counter-insurgency operation in the Northeast (Operation Lafiya Dole), Maj-Gen. Benson Akinroluyo, addressing troops of 120 Battalion, Goniri, Yobe State ordered soldiers to hunt for the terrorist and neutralize (kill) them.
He told the soldiers that: “I know they will still come; even when they come make sure you deal with them more than what you have done. Recover more from them what you have recovered now.
“Make sure no one goes back. They (terrorists) have to be completely eliminated from Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region.”
He said the “hunt for the neutralization” strategy, was to get the job done faster; in restoring peace in insurgency affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
He told them not to be complacent as the battle was not yet won; instructing them that anytime the terrorists are at troops’ locations, they should be dealt with ruthlessly.
He also instructed that they should go after the insurgents, insisting that: “You do not have to wait for them.”
He said instead of waiting for the next attack by the insurgents, the troops should “hunt and neutralize them wherever they may be”.
He however told them to remain focused, determined and give more than they are giving now.
He later told them that: “Like I said, we are happy with you, but don’t drop your guns. Stay alert to be alive to end Boko Haram insurgency.”
He said the 120 Battalion mottos, which is ever ready with fire, should be interpreted to mean- defeat Boko Haram insurgents.
He said: “Any time they come engage them with fire.”
He said the military authorities is impressed with the troops’ successes recorded in Goniri, especially the capture of five gun trucks and cache of arms and ammunition without loss of personnel when they engaged Boko Haram.