Boko Haram; Nigeria Army Begins Road Construction To Sambisa Forest

The Nigerian military yesterday said it has commenced the construction of roads into the Sambisa and Alagarno havens of the Boko Haram insurgents. The military also revealed that over 80 per cent of Sambisa forest has been captured from the insurgents as it insisted that the counter-insurgency war in the North-east is near it’s end.

The military equally disclosed at a press conference by the head of counter-insurgency operation in the North-east (Lafiya Dole Operation), Major General Lucky Irabor that 1,880 civilians mostly women were rescued from the insurgents in the last one week. Irabor also revealed that in the last one week, 504 suspected Boko Haram insurgents were arrested with 19 voluntarily surrendering. He noted that 37 foreigners are in the net of the military and presently undergoing interrogations to ascertaining their complicity. Irabor during the press conference in Maiduguri, televised live to the nation said: “We have embarked on road construction within the Sambisa forest to open up the area and also ease our operations within the theater.” “I call on individuals and cooperate organisations to come in and support the military, as everything cannot be left to government even with construction materials and other materials, as roads are essential in reviving the economic development of the North-east,” he said. Irabor warned members of public, especially female students of tertiary institutions to be wary of new recruitment website, insisting that Boko Haram insurgency is an evil that was meant to destroy the society.

“I also urge the general public to continue to support the military in our final move to wipe out insurgency in the north-east through the provision of useful information and not to follow the ways of some media outfit that are bent on bringing down the military,” he appealed.