Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Nigeria army yesterday warned
members of the public to be wary of people
dressed as “mad men”, especially in the
north-east.
According to the army, such people could be
suicide bombers waiting to detonate their
explosive devices.
Acting director of defence information, Brig.
Gen. Rabe Abubakar, issued the warning
yesterday, following Friday’s bomb blast at
Gombi market, Adamawa state, that resulted
in several deaths.
He said it had come to the notice of the
Defence Headquarters (DHQ) that Boko
Haram members in their desperation to
cause colossal havoc, had now devised a
new method where they dress like mad
persons to gain unsuspecting access to
public areas to detonate bombs.
Abubakar, in the statement, said two male
suicide bombers dressed like mad women
carried out the suicide bomb attack in
Gombi.
“The Defence Headquarters therefore urges
our fellow good citizens across the country
to be wary of mad persons approaching
markets, public places or crowded areas so
as to nip this ugly trend in the bud. Nigerians
are also enjoined to be security-conscious at
all times and should endeavour to report any
suspicious person or object to security
agencies for prompt action,” he added.
Also yesterday, the Nigerian Airforce (NAF)
yesterday said it had sustained aerial
bombardment of Sambisa Forest with over
280 operational sorties conducted against
terrorist’s targets in the area in the last one
month.
Deputy Theatre Commander Air of Operation
Lafiya Dole, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo
Amao, stated this at a media briefing in
Maiduguri.
He said the air strikes and bombardments
were being conducted by the Air Component
of the Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-
East, and added that the ongoing and
sustained air operations and surveillance
within the Theater of operation in Adamawa,
Borno and Yobe States were intensified
between December 2015 and January 2016,
towards ending the Boko Haram threat.
“In continuation of the counter insurgency,
the air component in the last one month
conducted 286 operational sorties against
terrorists’ targets from 25 December to date
in the Sambisa forest covering an area of
157,000km2 which is equivalent to the total
land mass of South Korea, Portugal and Togo
in a total of 536 hours, 21 minutes were
flown by various platforms engaged in the
operations,
“This translates into 316,637.5 litres of
aviation fuel which amounts to N60.3 million,
excluding the cost of maintenance and
armament expended,” he said.
Amao further explained that prominent
operations among the missions carried out
included an air strike on December 25, 2015,
where some terrorists’ leaders and junior
commanders, who gathered for a leadership
meeting in Sambisa Forest, were neutralised
by a precision strike which led to the killing of
several Boko haram terrorists.
He said another significant strike was
conducted on January 17, 2016 following
intelligence report on the location of a High
Value Terrorists (Boko Haram HVT) leader
taking refuge at a location South of Arra
village in the Sambisa Forest, where air
strikes neutralised the target.
He listed some areas of the successful
airstrikes conducted to include; Gadzama,
Ngwalimiri, Dure and Dure Takwalla, Ajigin,
Bitta, Gulumba Gana, Sigel, Damasak and
Kumshe communities now occupied by
insurgents.
Others are; Yajiwa, Asaga, Tumbun Gini and
Mada towns, amongst others, as well as
medical evacuation missions which were
also carried out at Marte Local Government
area and Banki town of Borno January 21,
2015.
Amao said the Nigerian Airforce, through its
component in Operation Lafiya Dole, was
focused on sustaining air operations and
providing support to ground troops of the
Armed Forces’ strive to rid Nigeria of the
Boko Haram insurgency.

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