The military has stepped up its air and land
offensives against the Boko Haram sect in the
North-east following their recent attacks, this is
according to a statement released by the
Defence Headquarters, DHQ, on Saturday.
The statement also said the military was also
currently studying the content of the new video
released by the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau
The military and DSS have on numerous
occassions said Shekau is dead. Also the Federal
Government recently said it had reached a
ceasefire agreement with the sect but Shekau in
the video dismissed the claim.
“Necessary deployment of troops and
equipment is ongoing to reverse all recent
violation and breach of security by terrorists and
criminals operating in parts of the country. The
highly coordinated air bombardment is already
yielding required results in the mission to repel
the unwarranted attacks on citizens especially in
Adamawa and Borno States as land forces are
also conducting mopping up operations to
apprehend retreating terrorists and facilitate
restoration of normalcy in some of the affected
communities. More details will be released as
the operations progresses.
Meanwhile, the content of the video purportedly
released by terrorist on Friday is being studied.
Further information on subsequent position on
the issues involved will be released as
appropriate in due course.
The military will continue to accord due
recognition to any ongoing mediatory efforts
towards bringing our girls home and terminating
the insecurity in parts of the country. Citizens
are assured that the military and security
agencies remain committed and optimistic for
positive outcome of ongoing operations,” said
the statement by the DHQ.