By Nwangwu Uba
Hopes of the Nigerian Army and the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, sponsored by Nigeria, Niger , Chad and Cameroon, flushing out the Islamic Fundamentalist group, popular, Boko Haram, from the north east geo-political region and the Chad Basin appears slim. This is because of the involvement of the dreaded Islamic state, ISIS, fighters, in the war.
The Katsina born Nigerian
The ISWA fighters were said to have also attcked Mararrabar Kimba, military base , about 45 Km , from the fishing town of Biu, driving scores of pick – up trucks fitted with heavy maachine gun at the back . This is in addition to three Armoured personnel carriers, APC, that were said to have been stolen from the Nigerian soldiers or the MNJTF, that accompanied the ISWA , fighters for the operation.
Eyewitness said the troops put up a good fight but were however outgunned and overwhelmed by the superior fire power of the ISIS backed ISWA fighters. The source confirmed that the military base eventual fell into the hands of the terrorists who saw it as an opportunity to cart away weapons and fled to avoid a counter-attack.
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The continued attack on military bases in the north east may have form forced the Nigeria Air Force, NAF, to full enter into the war, to support the ground troops. Note that in recent weeks, the coalition forces involving Nigeria,, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, have pounded BokoHaram, particular, hideouts in the Lake Chad Basin Area, with Air raids, to support ground assaults. Many described the raids as ”operation no mercy”. This is because Buhari and his counterparts in Niger, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, are in a hurry to end the Insurgent operations in the north eastern part of Nigeria, comprising of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states which shares boundary, with Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Only recently, troops of the Air Strike Force, ATF, of the Operation Lafiya Dole, launched an aid raid to smoke the terrorists comprising of Boko Haram and the ISIS backed ISWA in the Sambisa Forest . Ibikunle Daramola, an Airforce Commodore , and Director of Public Relations and Information NAF, said the raid was carried out on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Daramola disclosed that the raid was carried out after ”persistent intelligence, surveillance and Reconnaissance, ISR, missions ” revealed heavy presence of BokoHaram terrorists at a new camp with several infrastructures hidden under the thick foliage of the forest.
The Air Force Commodore said the ATF, has no option but to quickly dispatch an Alpha Jet to attack the location. He confirmed that that the Alpha Jet bombs hit the target area with devastating effects on several of the Comouflage structures, neutralising the the Boko Haram occupants. Aware that the Insurgents might want to regroup in the forest, he assured that the troops will continually sustain the effort to completely degrade the BokoHaram terrorists in the north east.
Perhaps, worried by the loss of lives and destruction of weapons in the Sambissa forest due to the ATF, raid, last Sunday, the aggrieved Insurgents were said to have carried out a tripple suicide bomb attack in Konduga, where football fans were said to be watching a match on TV, in a public place. Note that Konduga, is about 38 Km , from Maiduguri, the state Capita, Maiduguri.
The triple Bomb attack may have caught the security agencies unaware as the death toll from the incident was said to have increased to about 30 and an additional 40 people wounded. That much was confirmed by Usman Kachalla, Head of Operations of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA.
Bystanders said the toll would have been more than the 30, if the owner of the Hall where the public TV, was mounted had not prevented one of the suicide bombers from entering the packed venue. It was learnt that there was a heated argument between the operator and the bomber, who could no longer bear it that he quickly blew himself up in the process. The death witnessed at the suicide bomb attacks were said to have been recorded outside the soccer viewing center. The two other bombers who could not enter the viewing Hall, were said to have detonated the bomb when they mingled among the crowd at a tea stall nearby.
Kachalla , who could not hide his feelings opined that ”lack of appropriate health facility to handle huge emergency situations and the delay in obtaining security clearance” to enable the agency o deploy from Maiduguri in good time health personnel is their major problem.
The last time there was such a suicide bomb at attack in the state was last April when two female suicide bombers allegedly blew themselves up outside the garrison town of Monguno, allegedly killing a soldier and injuring another one including a vigilante who also lost his life to the suicide bomb attack.
In spite of the intensified attack on military bases by the Insurgents and return to suicide bomb attacks, the Katsina state born Nigerian President has given the Tukur Buratai, a Lt General and Chief of Army Staff, and his counterpart in the Air Force, Ibrahim Sadiq, an Air Marshall and of Chief of Staff, a marching order never to give a breather to the Insurgents but ensure that they are completely degraded that they cannot longer be able to regroup to carry any attack on military bases any longer.