As the purported ceasefire deal between the Federal Government and the Islamist sect Boko Haram has now proven to be a facade aimed at covering up the incompetence of the presidential committee on peaceful resolution of crisis in the North, with the Boko Haram leader’s denial of entering into such agreement, Defence Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, said the troops will continue the clampdown on the sect. Besides, the ceasefire agreement had not been communicated to it.
Director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade noted that the issue of ceasefire was the outcome of the political element of the attempt to solve the Boko Haram crisis, adding that questions on the ceasefire should be directed to the political authority.
“As for the operational aspect, it will be maintained. So far, there has been no directive to stop the operation. We will not succumb to any deception whether ceasefire or not until otherwise directed by government,” Olukolade said.
Flanked by the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Kabir Aliyu, Director of Air force Public Relations, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, Force Spokesman, CSP Frank Mba and the Spokesperson of the SSS, Marylin Ogar, Olukolade said the outcome of the assessment teams sent to the operational areas was to help security agencies analyse challenges, new trends of the terrorists and come up with ways of countering them.
On the restoration of GSM services in Borno and Yobe states, as requested by Yobe State governor, Olukolade said there was ongoing security evaluation with respect to GSM services in the two states, pointing out that if things improved, appropriate steps would be taken in that direction as was done in the case of Adamawa state.