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…Boko Haram vows to fight on in new video
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and Chief of Air Staff, Aoir Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Tuesday, arrived Maiduguri, Borno State capital, following the order of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that they should relocate to the state.
At an emergency meeting, last Thursday, the acting president had
directed the duo to relocate to Borno State to restore normalcy to the area following the ambush and killing of oil experts and soldiers who were on an exploratory survey of Lake Chad, last Tuesday.
No fewer than 59 people have been reported killed in the attack, which
is one of Boko Haram’s bloodiest this year.
The army had claimed that it rescued all the staff of the Nigeria
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who were kidnapped after the
attack, but it later admitted that it gave false information.
Boko Haram has increased attacks lately, despite the claim of the
military that the sect has been defeated.
Notwithstanding the presidential directive and the relocation of the
service chiefs, the Islamist insurgents, have vowed to sustain the
battle with the country.
“We are ready to do everything to protect our territory… we won’t
allow an inch of our territory to be penetrated by the infidels,” one
of the sect members said in a 29-minute video believed to have been
shot in Sambisa forest.
In video, the group showed its men going about their normal business.
Some of them were seen in a local bakery, a few on their farmlands,
while others engaged in trading activities.
Items such as foodstuff, books, cement, automobile spare parts were
displayed in shops. Armed members of the sect rode on motorcycles,
while some were seen operating computers.
This is coming at a time when the Nigerian military had repeatedly
said it had degraded Boko Haram territories in Sambisa forest.
Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, had said the Nigerian Army
Small Arms Championship will hold in Sambisa forest to consolidate the
army’s grip on the area.
— 13th February 2018
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— 13th February 2018
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— 13th February 2018
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— 13th February 2018
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Entertainment— 12th February 2018
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South-West Report— 11th February 2018
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Abuja Metro— 7th February 2018
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Oriental News— 7th February 2018
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Features— 12th February 2018
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Literary Review— 10th February 2018
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Lifeline— 12th February 2018
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Education Review— 6th February 2018
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TSWeekend— 9th February 2018
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