The war against insurgency by the Nigerian military recorded a major success with the announcement on Thursday that Nigerian Air Force, NAF, fighter jets struck a “mass gathering” of Boko Haram members at Wulge area of Borno State.
The air component commander of the theatre operation, “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Isiaka Amao, made the announcement on Thursday while speaking to reporters on the ongoing counter-insurgency campaign in the Northeast.
According to Amao, “The air component struck a mass gathering of Boko Haram terrorists and their leaders at Wulge.
“Report received after the strike was that it was a huge success as many terrorists were killed”.
He said NAF also sighted and neutralised terrorists’ vehicles in Kunshe town.
Other successful air strikes against the terrorists in their Sambisa forest hideout according to the commander are the destruction of Boko Haram’s logistics, vehicle workshop and a weapon storage facility.
Mr. Amao, an air commodore, said NAF also destroyed a bomb-making factory in the forest.
“The air component has continued to intensify its air effort in support of the ground troops. In October, over 40 interdiction missions with over 80 per cent success were carried out.
“Just to mention a few, we have in the month degraded the terrorists’ logistics in the Sambisa forest”, he said.
Two suspected terrorists camps were also destroyed by the air force, a development Mr. Amao stressed, had significantly degraded Boko Haram’s capabilities.
On a sad note, Mr. Amao announced that NAF lost one of its pilots, Ebitimi Owei, during the month.
“On a sad note, we lost a colleague, Flight Lt. Ebitimi Owei and a platform during one of the missions. May his gentle soul rest in peace”, he said.
Mr. Owei’s death notwithstanding, the commander said the morale of officers engaged in the operation are as high as ever.
He said NAF also intercepted and destroyed a boat transporting fuel to the terrorists along Nigeria-Cameroon border.
“Other armed missions were carried out in Geidam, Gamboru, Ngala, Mafa, Kirenowa and Banki towns, among others.
“These missions were aimed at identifying and destroying opportunity targets and denying terrorists freedom of action”, Air Commodore Amao added.