June 7, 2013

We’ve achieved a lot in Borno – JTF

Maj.-Gen. John Ewanshia, Commander of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno, has  said the task force had recorded a lot of achievements since its operations began on May 14.

Ewanshia said this during the two-day tour organised for journalists to have first-hand information about on-going military operations in the state.

He said the task force was currently working on the basis of the state of emergency declared recently by President Goodluck Jonathan to restore law and order to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

“As we speak, the operations are on-going and a lot of grounds had been covered and achievements had been recorded, but I won’t go into details.

“I will rather allow the gentlemen in the field to do the briefings,” the force commander said at the beginning of the tour.

A member of the JTF, Lt.-Col. Danladi Hassan, who is Commander of Combat Team One, said there had been tremendous progress.

While conducting journalists round the suspected terrorists’ camp in Kirenowa, about 60 kilometres to Nigeria’s border with Chad Republic, Hassan said the suspects left their camp on May 16.

He said this was after an encounter with the JTF and the group’s members had lived under the trees, to evade being spotted.

“This is to ensure that the rays of sunlight, as well as our surveillance from the aircraft does not expose them,” the troop leader said.

He said the camp also served as a training ground for the boys they recruited into the outlawed Boko Haram sect.

Hassan explained that members of the outlawed sect had destroyed their belongings when they discovered that the Federal Government troops were advancing towards them.

He also said when the troops moved into the camp, they discovered some drugs which were used by the terrorists.