The combined troops of Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE and 402 Special Forces Brigade have continued to clear all villages and enclaves hitherto inhabited by the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and their Islamic State West Africa Province Counterparts (ISWAP) around Chikun Gudu, Kerenoa axis, and environs in the ongoing Phase II of Operation “TURA TAKAI BANGO”.
According to a statement signed by the director, army public relations, Brig. General Mohammed Yerima on Wednesday, the clearance against the terrorist was based on the directives given by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru during a visit to the Theatre of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
The army PRO stated that villages which include, Chikun Gudu, Kerenoa are now under the safe control of the Nigerian army.
Also, in the course of the clearance operation, troops encountered heavy fleets of the terrorists, engaged and ultimately obliterated them.
According to him, 25 members of the terrorist group were neutralized while two Browny Machine Guns, 20 AK 47 Rifles, and five FN Rifles, 2 60mm Motar Tube, and 2 General Purpose Machine Guns were captured.
Other weapons include three Anti Air Craft Guns, two Automatic Grenade Launchers, two Gun trucks, and one CJTF Hilux amongst others.
The COAS has commended the gallant troops and charged them to maintain the momentum in order to ensure that the area is completely cleared instructing them not to relent in their new offensive against terrorism and insurgency.