DHQ: We’re Stabilising N’East, Intensifying Aerial, Ground Attacks on Fleeing Insurgents
Defence Headquarters on Thursday gave one of the most reassuring messages in recent times concerning the battle with insurgents in the North-eastern part of the country.
In a tweet on its handle on Thursday evening, Defence Headquarters said Mubi, Michika, Bazza, Gulak, Gwoza, Bama, Gamboru Ngala and other towns and villages in the region are being stabilized through air and land attacks against fleeing and dying terrorists.
“The efforts are yielding impressive results in the overall move to rid the areas of terrorists’ activities.”
It however, frowned at the determination by a section of the media to cause panic and chaos in the region by deliberately ignoring visibly formidable security measures and reporting negativity.
The tweet reads:
“Alarmist Report on Foreign and Online Media on Maiduguri is clearly intended to cause Panic in the city and the nation.
“All facets of security arrangements for the defence of Maiduguri have been upgraded to handle any planned attack or attempt to disrupt the city’s prevailing peace. This kind of alarmist report is uncalled for in view of the efforts and alertness.
“Citizens are nevertheless enjoined to remain vigilant as they go about their lawful business.
“Meanwhile situation in Mubi, Michika, Bazza, Gulak, Gwoza, Bama, Gamboru Ngala and other parts of the North-east is being stabilized as highly coordinated air and land operations are ongoing.
“The efforts are yielding impressive results in the overall move to rid the areas of terrorists activities”
In a related development, the military authorities have deployed more than 500 troops to the North-East to reinforce personnel on ground to flush out insurgents from some communities in the area.
Mr Mike Omeri, Coordinator, National Information Centre, made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja while giving update on security in the area.
He vowed that the troops would soon flush out insurgents from Gulak, Michika and Kunchinga and other communities in Adamawa, where they currently hold sway.
“As part of efforts being made to check the incursion and Boko Haram challenge, the military has continued to reinforce its presence in several challenged communities in the North-East.
“Military authorities have confirmed the renewed deployment of more than 500 troops or about that to support the expedition around that area.
“We believe that with this commitment and the additional deployment, the situation will be brought under control’’, he said.
Omeri said that contrary to media reports, the insurgents did not sack Mubi, adding that “situation report indicates that Mubi town is calm.’’
He said that troops including the police and other services were patrolling the town to guard against any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, two thousand, five hundred faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri have been lost to the ongoing insurgency in the North-eastern part of Nigeria.
The Bishop of the Diocese, which comprises parishes in Borno , Yobe and some parts of Adamawa State, Most Rev. Oliver Doeme, made the disclosure in Yola, Adamawa State.
The Bishop, who is presently taking refuge at the Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Yola, alongside thousands of other Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), said a number of the IDPs escaped death by the whiskers.
He lamented that thousands of the parishioners are now taking refuge in Yola, Adamawa State, with their wives and children, “and a number of families do not know the whereabouts of their breadwinners, either dead or alive.”
He added that several parents are still searching for their missing children, and their loved ones.
He lamented that it is only in Nigeria that the soldiers are running away from insurgents because of the fear of being killed stressing that there were factors that make the soldiers to be fleeing from the insurgent.
The Bishop said one of the factors was corruption as he cited instances where the soldiers see the manner the wives and children of their late colleagues who died in the cause of fighting the insurgents are being treated by the authorities concerned.
He said that was the reason the troops are reluctant to stick out their lives in the fight against the insurgents “because if they die who will take care of their family adding that another factor was that of shortest of weapons and ammunitions.”
The Bishop called on the Federal Government to step up the fight against insurgents because the loss of quality lives and displacement of persons occasioned by incessant attacks by the Islamists was getting out of hand.
He noted that it is still the responsibility of the government to secure the lives and properties of the people, “but a situation such is lacking, it leaves much to be desired because of the devastated condition that persons living the North-east of the country are going through.
“As a result of the insurgency activities, many displaced people have to depend on others for their livelihood, coupled with inconveniences of the host communities, while the displaced persons live in fear and apprehension occasioned by the Boko Haram’s incessant attacks unleashed on them.”
He regretted that most of the late parishioners were attacked in their churches and in their homes, while others died in the course of escaping from the insurgents.
Deome disclosed that the Diocese is presently in consultations with other spirited people to come to the aide of the displaced persons in view of the deplorable condition in which they have found themselves in.
He said the insurgency attacks have rendered hundreds of women widows while thousands of children are now orphans following the brutal killing of the fathers by the Boko Haram insurgents.
“The ugly development has made a lot of the Internally Displaced Persons,(IDP), homeless and have to depend on good will from sympathizers, individuals, who are now giving them food and shelter” he said.
Doeme, who also paid visits to thousands of the displaced persons in different locations in Yola metropolis, encouraged them not to be weakened in faith but to believe that the ugly situation would be a thing of the past as their present condition would elicit divine intervention by God.
He said some of his parishioners are still stranded in the bushes and mountains.
A number of Reverend Fathers accompanied the Bishop to various locations, where the displaced persons are taking refuge in Yola
However one of the IDPs, Mrs. Rosaline has expressed gratitude to the Bishop and his entourage for Identifying with them at their trying moment.
She expressed the gloomy pictures of their escape from the Boko Haram insurgents, and however called on government to take drastic measures in curtailing the activities of the insurgents.