Nigeria’s army commander says plans are underway to get rid of Boko Haram from their base in Borno in a few weeks.
Nigeria’s army commander revealed that the insurgents will be cleared from their base in a few weeks. The Nigerian government had previously set the month of December 2015 as the deadline for the end of Boko Haram. However, that deadline could not be met.
Major General Lucky Irabor who is the commander of the operation stated that the threshold of the terrorists has been shaken up. Boko Haram once operated in a region the size of Belgium, a region which has been drastically reduced to basically just the Sambisa forest where the group is holding their abducted prisoners, including over 200 girls from the Chibok community. He added that they also control Abadan and Malafatori, two towns near Lake Chad.
“Almost all of the locations held by the Boko Haram terrorists have been reclaimed. We are talking only of a few villages and towns,” General Irabor said in an interview at his base in Maiduguri in Borno state.
The general also gave credit to the cross-border armies who have contributed in the fight against Boko Haram extremists.
“There are joint operations. My commanders have an exchange with local commanders across the borders. Because of the collaborations we’ve had Boko Haram has been boxed in and in a few weeks, you will hear good news,” he said.
On whether Abubakar Shekau Boko Haram’s leader was dead like some sources were claiming, General Irabor said he could not confirm Shekau’s death, but could confirm the leader was wounded.
The Boko Haram insurgency has lasted seven years in the north-eastern region of Nigeria, particularly in Borno state. The group seeks to set up an Islamic caliphate in the northeastern region of Nigeria. The insurgency has left over 2.3 million displaced and over 15,000 people killed.