The Nigerian Military has officially denied allegations indicating that it stopped the deployments of troops from the Sambisa Forest in a plot to let Faction leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau escape.(Read more)
|Nigerian Army denies allowing Abubakar Shekau to escape Sambisa Forest|
According to the media statement released, Troops under the ‘Operation Deep Punch II’ were halted from undergoing their initially assigned exercise, allegedly in line with military plans and strategy and in view of the exigencies of time.
The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu refuted such media allegations, further describing such media reports as ‘frivolos’.
Col. Nwachukwu reveals such wrong information is really misleading to the General Public and does not in anyway reflect the strong character and determination of the Troops.
He further urged the public to disregard such information and cooperate with the Nigeria Military to enable it to succeed in eliminating the Boko Haram insurgents.
This is the Official Statement of the Nigerian Army about this issue:
“The attention of Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to unfortunate mainstream and social media report insinuating that troops advance at the ongoing Operation Deep Punch II was deliberately halted to allow the escape of the purported Boko Haram terrorist faction leader, Abubakar Shekau in Sambisa forest. This is not true.
“Contrary to the mischievous allegations, no such order or directive was given by anybody to any of the units and formations in the operation.
“It is crucial to point out that there are several factors in planning and conduct of military operations, whether kinetic or otherwise.
“The ongoing Operation Deep Punch II, which is aimed at clearing Boko Haram insurgents from the Sambisa forest and the northern fringes of Lake Chad region, was planned to be executed in phases.
“It is a phase operation, therefore, requires that at a predetermined point or stage, troops will be halted either preparatory for transiting to another phase or the other depending on the threat situation.
“During the operation, troops’ movement could be put on halt when vehicles or other mobile equipment are bugged down due to the difficulty of the terrain and for recovery purposes.
“In military operations avenues are deliberately provided for troops to harbour, where they rest and carry out refitting of weapons and other equipment before resuming the operations.
“Additionally, booby traps and land mines could also compel advancing troops to halt to enable some specialized squad or scouts assess the situation before movement resume.
“These and several other factors could precipitate the halting of troops during operations.
“It is, therefore, very appalling and unimaginable that a fundamental operational procedure could be misinterpreted and be mischievously used as a psychological weapon to indirectly dampen the morale of our troops.” (NAN)
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