By Francis Igata
ENUGU—The Military High Command, yesterday, explained that the expanse of the Sambisa forest, in Borno State where the Boko Haram terrorists hibernate was largely responsible in the delay in flushing the insurgents out of their safe haven.
This is even as the Army revealed that an investigative panel has been set up to look into the alleged killing of members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB,and the Indigenous People of Biafra,IPOB,protesting the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu,Radio Biafra Director,in Aba,Abia State.
Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Tukur Burutai, stated this during a familiarization tour at the 82 Division, Enugu, yesterday.
According to the COAS,”we are already in Sambisa forest. But Sambisa is as big as Enugu state which needs thorough planning for logistics and other manpower needed. That accounts for the delay in flushing out the insurgents. The alleged incident of killing of MASSOB,IPOB members by the Army in Aba will be investigated.
“Since my appointment,we have set out to build a professionally responsible Army in the discharge of its constitutional role which is the result of what we are seeing today. We have taken steps to ensure that education within the Army is paramount to ensure that troops operate within the rules of engagement.”