Nigerian army set to convert Sambisa forest into training ground

Nigerian army set to convert Sambisa forest into training ground

- The chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, has urged the army troops in Sambisa forest to ensure they capture the insurgency leader, Abubakar Shekau

- Buratai relayed President Buhari's congratulatory message to the troops on the capture of the notorious forest

- He said the army plans to convert the site into a military training ground with sophisticated equipment soon

The chief of army staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, during a recent operational visit to the army troops in Sambisa forest said the army will transform the settlement into a training area.

Charging them, he said the troops should ensure they capture the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau who is currently at large either dead or alive, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

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Tukur Buratai remarked: “Mr President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces says congratulations to you all for recovering Sambisa Forest. We are going to transform this place, apart from making it a training area.

"We are going to have a modern defence establishment in terms of the provision of basic requirements for your comfort and indeed for your operations. We are already making sure that the first set of facilities are brought here.’’

NAN reported that 3,000 troops would be inducted into the Operation Lafiya Dole this week, to replace those who had stayed for quite a while in the “Operation Lafiya Dole”.

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The troops destroyed the camp in January, 2018 in an operation tagged “Deep Punch II’’ and are now dominating the general area of the forest.

Other locations visited by Buratai are Bita, Tukumbere, and all settlements within the forest but almost deserted due to the insurgency.

He, however, directed principal officers, who accompanied him, to visit other locations and frontlines.

Meanwhile, reported that Tukur Buratai, had charged troops to capture Abubakar Shekau, the factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, alive or dead. Buratai, a lieutenant-general, gave the charge at Camp Zairo, the former command and control centre of the terrorists' group in the Sambisa forest during an operational visit to troops.

In 2017, the army chief gave troops a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau and the army recently offered a N3 million reward for information on him.

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