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Nigeria moves to suppress Boko Haram, ISWAP with intelligence

Nigeria has set in motion a counter-terrorism plan of action to repress Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) through intelligence.

The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) is conducting a Defence Advisers/Attachés Annual Conference and Maiden Retreat.

The theme is “Advancing Counter-Terrorism Efforts Through Enhanced Inter-Agency Cooperation: A Whole of Government Approach”.

The one-week high-powered gathering in Abuja starts Monday, November 8 at the DIA Headquarters and Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC).

The meet will examine, re-appraise Defence Advisers/Attachés, foreign defence relations, and assist in articulating new strategies in intelligence gathering.

A statement by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) said the event is the first since its establishment, as there had been no platform for reflections on activities to help attain the core mandate.

The conference seeks to galvanize inputs in view of the myriads of security challenges facing Nigeria and provide an avenue for self-examination to ensure optimal performance.

“This is in line with the policy directive of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

“The Agency finds it expedient to organise its maiden retreat to provide a forum to appraise the activities of the various Defence Sections as well as brainstorm to proffer new strategies”, the NIA noted.

The list of invitees includes former and current NIA Directors, Chiefs of Defence Intelligence and other selected captains in the intelligence sector. Dailypost


ISWAP: NAF bombs Boko Haram hideout in Borno state

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, has bombed a hideout of Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

NAF carried out the attack while launching Operation RattleSnake III through its Air Task Force, ATF, of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

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Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, NAN reports.

Daramola stated that the Air Interdiction Operation, which commenced on February 4, would target selected locations within the North East in order to further degrade the remnants of the terrorists as well as deny them freedom of action.

”On Day One of the Operation, airstrikes by NAF attack aircraft resulted in the destruction of an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) hideout as well as the neutralization of some of their fighters at Tongule in the Lake Chad area of Northern Borno.

”The airstrikes were executed following series of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicating that ISWAP fighters were harboured in some buildings at the southern edge of the settlement.

”Accordingly, the ATF dispatched its fighter jets to engage the location, scoring accurate hits on the designated target leading to the destruction of the structures and the neutralisation of some of the terrorists,” he said.

Daramola said the NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, would sustain its air campaign to shape the battlespace in the North East for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations. NAN

Boko Haram, ISWAP fleeing to North, Central Africa -Army

Boko Haram fighters are fleeing to neighbouring countries as well as North and Central African nations, following military bombardments of their strongholds in the Northeast, the Nigerian Army said yesterday.

A statement by its spokesman Col Sagir Musa said the concerted efforts of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had led to the death of scores of Boko Haram fighters have been killed and their remnants are in mass exodus to the border towns outside Nigeria.

Musa said: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public that due to the combined onslaught on the identified hideouts of elements of the criminal elements of bandits and erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters by our troops and the MNJTF, at the fringes of Lake Chad region, there is observed massive exodus of the criminals out of Lake Chad Tumbus to North and Central Africa sub-regions.

“There are credible reports from very reliable sources indicating massive movements of the criminal groups out of the area towards Sudan and Central African Republic as a result of successful artillery and aerial bombardments of their settlements and as the heat of the onslaught is becoming unbearable.

“This mass movement for their lives was necessitated, following the sustained air and artillery bombardments by the Nigerian Armed Forces and coalition forces of the MNJTF, which killed uncountable erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters and destroyed their weapons and equipment.

“The various national troops and the MNJTF are maintaining aggressive patrols and blocking positions against infiltration by the escaping criminals.

“It is important to note that most of the Tumbus are located along the Quadrangular borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic and Nigeria. To further annihilate the fleeing terrorists, efforts are ongoing for continued shelling, bombardment and pursuits. Similarly, the countries in these sub-regions have also had been contacted through the MNJTF headquarters.”(Thenation)

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