The military authorities have launched investigations into the attacks on the Nigerian Air Force Base and other military formations by the Boko Haram insurgents in the early hours on Monday.
It was disclosed yesterday in Abuja, just as the Nigerian Air Force deployed more fighter jets in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The military leadership and investigators are working on the suspicion that the daring attacks carried may have been facilitated by insider’s in collusion with the insurgents.
Investigations showed that the leadership of the military was deeply concerned with the realisation that the incident took place at a time the Special Forces were planning one of the biggest offensives against the insurgents.
According to the source, the aim was to weaken the operation. The military doubt that the attack timing was just a coincidence.
It was further gathered that the Air Force Base and other targets of the Monday morning attacks were too strategic and fortified for insurgents to attack without information.
What is more, the military authorities were shocked by the discovery that the suspected terrorists planted Improvised Explosive Devices around the Air Force base and the 333 Artillery Regiment with the intent to ambush troops from carrying out rescue operations.
The source said that suspicion about insiders’ collaboration was further deepened by the puzzle over how the insurgents successfully planted the IEDs, which they exploded without being caught.
The military high command on Tuesday dispatched a high powered team of military strategists led by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, to ascertain the extent of the attack on the Nigerian Air Force base and other security formations and to report back to Abuja.
According to the source, a lot of things point at this fact.
A security source who spoke to the journalists on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the issue, said that the Special Forces spotted and killed some of the insurgents between Benisheik and Maiduguri.
The source said that the military had not collated the number of people killed as the operation involved mainly air strikes.