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Army, Air Force chiefs relocate to Maiduguri

…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.

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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.

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