- Several terrorists were killed after the Nigerian Air Force carried out airstrikes on the hideouts of ISWAP insurgents in Borno state
- Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the spokesperson for NAF discloses that the Tumbun Rego and Bula Bello hideouts were attacked during the airstrikes
- Daramola says the attacks were carried out after surveillance and reconnaissance missions located the hideouts
Many ISWAP fighters were killed when the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) staging area at Gashigar in Borno state.
Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the spokesperson for NAF disclosed in a statement on Monday, January 27, that hideouts of insurgents at Tumbun Rego on the fringes of Lake Chad and at Bula Bello near Sambisa Forest all in Borno were also bombed in other strikes, Vanguard newspaper report.
The spokesperson explained that the bombings were done on January 24 and 25, after surveillance and reconnaissance missions located the hideouts of the insurgents.
He said in the three attacks, structures used by the insurgents were destroyed while scores of terrorists were neutralised including some of their key leaders of the sect.
Meanwhile, Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, has commented on the successes recorded in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in terms of security.
In his comparison between the government of President Buhari and that of former Nigerian leader, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Adesina rated security high in the former.
Adesina said that although things are not at their best in this regard, they were worse in Jonathan's administration.
In another report, suspected herdsmen on Sunday evening, January 26, reportedly killed 14 people in Kwatas village in Bokkos local government area of Plateau state.
Former speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Titus Ayuba Alams confirmed the news of the attack on Monday morning, January 27, New Telegraph reports.
Still on security, President Muhammadu Buhari has authorized the deployment of air power against bandits attacking Niger state in the last few weeks.
A statement by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu revealed that the president has received assurances that with the harmattan dust gradually easing, fighter aircraft would soon join the efforts to provide effective air attacks against the bandits.
Buhari described the repeated attacks leading to the losses of several lives in the communities “as a disaster for the nation.
But the president on another occasion expressed optimism that terrorism in the northeastern part of Nigeria will in no time become a thing of the past.
The president gave this assurance on Friday, January 24, as he received Janez Lenarcic, the European Union (EU)'s commissioner from crisis management in Abuja.
He said that just like in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, insurgency in the region will definitely be defeated, although it might time some time.
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