By Augustine Ehikioya
To further dislodge the remnant of terrorists in the Northeast and clear the Region of the remaining terrorists, insurgents and other criminals, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has carried out an early morning air strike at Suwa in Kala Balge Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.
The operation conducted by the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI took place on Monday 11 September, 2023.
A statement by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore, Edward Gabkwet has disclosed this. It was made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
It said “It may be recalled that Suwa was a stronghold of Boko Haram Terrorists in Gezuwa general area near Sambisa Forest until its dislodgement by the military and other security agencies.
“Recent intelligence, however, revealed the massing up of terrorists within the area with likely plans to attack troops on patrol along major routes to Bama and Mafa LGA. Further intelligence also revealed that the same group of terrorists had perfected plans to attack troops stationed around Rann in Kala Balge LGA.
“Accordingly, air strikes were authorized with confirmatory assessments revealing several terrorists neutralised and structures destroyed thereby degrading their ability to attack friendly forces and innocent law abiding civilians.”
The statement noted that it has now become evident that the efforts of the entire security agencies operating in the Northeast has, to a large extend, yielded the requisite outcome, though a lot still needed to be done.
“The need to sustain the momentum is thus expedient, just all the support of all Nigerians to the Armed Forces and other security agencies is essential as they clear the Region of all criminal elements.
“For the Air Component Commanders in all joint operating theatres, the directive of the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, remains clear and unambiguous: “Stop at nothing in going after these criminals and ensure they are brought to justice. The era of treating them with kids’ gloves is long over.”