- Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) said Boko Haram leadership is in disarray
- MNJTF's spokesperson, Colonel Timothy Antigha, said the former terrorists who have surrendered confessed that the the morale of the insurgents is at its lowest
- Antigha said the MNJTF would sustain its current operations until Boko Haram capitulates and its leadership brought to justice
The Headquarters of Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has said the leadership of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) is overwhelmed and in disarray after sustained air and land operation of ongoing operation Yancin Tafki.
A statement from the spokesman of the MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha in N’Djamena, Chad on Tuesday, March 12 said, “information from captured and defected Boko Haram fighters indicates that the leadership of Boko Haram terrorist network has been overwhelmed and are currently in disarray.”
Antigha continues: “The former fighters who are receiving humane attention further divulged that morale and fighting spirit of Boko Haram fighters is very low as a result of growing insecurity and the inability to replenish stranded fighters in the islands with food, medicine and ammunition.”
He recalled that an integral part of Operation Yancin Tafki has been a series of well-coordinated day and night Human Intelligence as well as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
He said these are conducted by the Air Forces of the Lake Chad Basin countries; Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, leading to successful and devastating air interdictions.
The spokesperson said the air attacks have destroyed Boko Haram's logistic facilities and fighters in Tumbum Gini, Abadam, Arege, Tumbun Rego and Dagaya environs between 7th and 11th March 2019.
He noted that in the last four weeks of the operation, about 70 Boko Haram vehicles, mostly Gun Trucks and facilities such as fuel dumps, weapons and ammunition have been destroyed.
He said since the commencement of the operation several terrorists have surrendered while others are battle-weary and have indicated interest to surrender.
He said the morale of the terror fighters is at its lowest, while desperation has also set in, leading to intrigues and in-fighting.
“Reliable sources say internal crisis led to change of Boko Haram leadership on 3 March 2019; it could be recalled that the Islamic State West Africa Province announced the sack of the former Boko Haram Chief, Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi and the appointment of Abu Abdullahi Ibn Umar Al-Barnawi,” Atigha said.
He said the frequent execution of Boko Haram commanders and fighters which have been observed in the past few months as well as the recent replacement of its leadership are clear indications of the effectiveness of ongoing Operation Yacin Tafki.
He said the MNJTF would sustain its current operations until Boko Haram capitulates and its leadership brought to justice.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE , had destroyed Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ vehicle at Tumbun Sale and Tumbun Allura in Borno.
NAF’s spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, March 11, in Abuja.
He said that the ATF equally destroyed some logistics infrastructure of the ISWAP at Tumbun Sale and Tumbun Allura on the fringes of Lake Chad in the state. Daramola explained that the operation was conducted following intelligence reports indicating the presence of ISWAP fighters with some vehicles and logistic support items were “well camouflaged under the dense vegetation within the settlements.”
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