[Denial Of Defeat]: Boko Haram Overpowers Soldiers In Sambisa Forest, Invades Towns In Borno State
By Chima Onyekachi
25 October, 2016
The Nigeria media have been gagged and paid off by the Nigeria government of President Muhammadu Buhari, to quit reportage on the atrocious activities of the terrorist group in order to promote the deceptive mantra of “technical defeat” of BokoHaram by the administration. Buhari’s efforts of appeasing his “misguided brothers” by randomly releasing imprisoned members of BokoHaram, granting them amnesty and recruiting them into the Nigeria armed forces and Police, is not working in curbing their havoc on soldiers and civilians. The al-Qeada supported Shekau faction and ISIS-supported al-Barnawi faction have continue to capture villages, slaughtering and hoisting their flags.
A serving Nigeria soldier in Borno State, who pleaded anonymity, has described to this reporter – Chima Onyekachi, that the recent attempt by the Nigeria Army to advance towards the BokoHaram stronghold - Sambisa Forest, as a total failure. The soldier, who was a participant in the confrontation between the soldiers and members of the armed group, lamented that they were sent on a suicide mission against the terror group, who were carrying more sophisticated weapons than them. He spoke as thus: “Imagine BokoHaram overpower us for Sambisa Forest,” Soldiers run come back town.” “Na civilian JTF die pass, BokoHaram carry big weapons.” The actual number of casualties of this gruesome attack is not yet ascertained, as at the time of filing this report, but it was noted that members of ‘civilian JTF’ suffered a higher death toll while more soldiers were on the injured list.
Most recent, Mafa road in Maiduguri, was attacked by BokoHaram which resulted in the death of over 10 persons. The 138 kilometers major road, was closed down in 2014 by the military and got reopened this mid-year, by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Tukur Burutai, in conjunction with the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in a media blitz, as part of activities to mark the 2016 Army Day celebration in Borno State. COAS Burutai and Governor Shettima, disregarded the intelligence report that stated the road was still unsafe for reopening, but in a haste to satisfy the president and deceive civilians, the road was reopened. BokoHaram, which is seeking to be allowed to practice their religious belief of Sharia law, have continually targeted this road with lesser effort, in order to cripple the economic activities of the northern region, as the road leads to Central Africa, and by extension, the North Africa from North-East Nigeria.