The Defence Headquarters on Monday denied reports that Boko Haram terrorists are now in control of Mafa in Borno State.
The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said Monday “The truth is that an attempt by a group of fleeing terrorists who strayed towards the town and engaged in their typical suicide attack was duly repelled by troops”.
Similarly, he said “the claim by some media organisations that terrorists chased out troops and took over Marte cannot be verified as troops were busy elsewhere during the said attack”.
Olukolade said further, “all efforts to track the terrorists who were reported to have attacked the town have not indicated their presence as claimed. Surveillance activities are however ongoing although there has been no indication of the large number of terrorists as being claimed in some reports attributed to anonymous sources. The terrorist are certainly no longer capable of that level of coordinated action by thousands of terrorists as reported”.
The DHQ also denounced reports that troops have retreated from Sambisa Forest following the discovery that the entire stretch of the area had been rigged with landmines.
“Troops have not retreated from Sambisa Forest as claimed by same sources. Rather, the operation is progressing and gaining increasing momentum towards clearing all terrorists’ hideouts in the forest.
“It is noteworthy that it is becoming common for stories of attacks on some remote settlements to be fabricated and attributed to anonymous or unidentifiable source in remote places. This is apparently the work of terrorist sympathisers or propagandists”, he explained.
Olukolade maintained that “Military operations to eliminate all terrorists hideouts are going on well and the terrorists are being seriously decimated. They will continue to be pursued and prevented from constituting danger to civilian population in their desperation for survival, suicide or publicity”.
He advised the media “to ignore fabrication being churned out by some terrorists’ sympathizers trying to encourage the terrorists who are in disarray. The truth is that the operation to decimate them from Nigerian territories is progressing well. The military will not be dissuaded by the resurgence of false reports on the operations. The progress will be prosecuted as necessary”.