The Nigerian Army has rid Alagarno village
in Borno State of Boko Haram, the force
The village is known to be the spiritual
headquarters of the terrorists.
They achieved the feat after weeks of
coordinated clearance operations between
ground forces and the Nigerian Airforce in
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya
Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor disclosed this
at a news conference in Maiduguri.
He said that 567 civilians held hostage were
also freed and several weapons recovered.
According to the commander, troops in the
theatre have been conducting clearing
operations on a daily basis aimed at destroying
the terrorists still staying in some local
government areas and rescue people still in
He also said troops of 81 task force battalion
conducted preliminary operations in Boko
Haram camps in Kumala, Dole, Kumasi and
Moudire villages all around the fringes before
launching into Alagarno.
The 27 Task Force Brigade also conducted
series of operations leading to the recovery of
an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) snatched
by the terrorists in July 2015, the General said.
It was gathered that the APC which is now
unserviceable and partially burnt by fleeing
insurgents was discovered near a riverbed in
Bolgore and has since been moved to an
unknown destination in Yobe State.
Irabor stressed that the recently released
supposed video of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar
Shekau, where he called on his followers to
surrender did not stop the troops assault on
the terrorists’ hideouts.
“Our gallant troops are determined to
completely wipe out all terrorists from our
country,” he maintined.
The Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole
also sent out a warning to repentant Boko
Haram members hoping to filter into liberated
towns where locals are returning to reintegrate
back into their communities.
Irabor warned returning locals against
harbouring and giving criminals cover, while
advising repentant terrorists to turn themselves
in to security operatives.
“Report yourself to the security agencies and
the process would be followed. The assurance I
am giving to every one of them is that they
would be humanely treated in accordance with
the best practices which is a component of our
rules of engagement,” he said.
He listed Kumshe, Kalabalge, Mainati, Yoyo and
Kikinuwa among villages successfully captured
by home troops in conjunction with the
Multinational Joint Task Force with little
resistance from the weakened terrorists.
By Dimeji Akinloye