November 1, 2014 – The Nigerian Armed Forces said on Saturday that it has intensified both air and land assaults on the operational bases of the radical Islamic Sect, Boko Haram to reverse recent violations and breach to public security.
In a statement, Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said the Armed Forces is also deploying troops and equipment to affected areas in the North-east adding that the highly coordinated air bombardment is already yielding required results in the mission to repel the unwarranted attacks on citizens in Adamawa and Borno State.
He added that land forces are already conducting mop-up operation to apprehend retreating terrorists and facilitate restoration of normalcy to some of the affected communities.
He said that while the military is studying the video released by the man who claimed to be Abubakar Shekau, it remained committed to ongoing mediation exercise towards reuniting the Chibok girls with their parents.
“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”, he said.