It's been a tough road for the Nigerian military in their fight with the terror group Boko Haram. But the tide has finally began to turn in favour of the troops as they battle it out in the terrorist's infamous forest stronghold.
But of all the surprising incidents that have occurred since Nigeria's war against terror began, this is one of the strangest:
A white man captured by Nigerian army in Sambisa forest has raised pressing questions. The Caucasian whose nationality is yet to be disclosed, was arrested inside Sambisa Forest by Nigerian troops as they cleared Boko Haram insurgents out of their last fortress on Thursday.
He is being questioned and is said to be cooperating. “The man is under custody and providing positive information”, said a soldier, who just returned to Maiduguri from the liberated forest.
According to him, during the successful operation; “Hundreds of Boko Haram captives, including men, women and children have been freed and taken to safety.
“All I can tell you is that no big Boko Haram commander is alive in the Sambisa; we are in control of the forest.
“It took months of planning and mapping because of the size, difficult weather and other factors in the Sambisa Forest.”
The terror group had deployed an age old terrorist defensive tactic during the battle. The source said that one of the major factors that delayed the takeover of the insurgents’ hideout was the thousands of people, including those living in villages around the vast forest that were being held as human shield by the Boko Haram leaders.
A massive military campaign designed to end Boko Haram forever. It was gathered that the 4,200 troops were deployed to the Sambisa Forest through various fronts, including Ngurosoye, Konduga/Aulari, Bama, Fulka and Damboa.
They were surrounded on all fronts with little room for escape. “The 151 Battalion of the Nigerian Army advanced into Sambisa through the Banki-Darul Jamal axis, the 27 Battalion advanced through Mafa, the 152 Battalion advanced through Pulka, while the 222 Battalion approached the dreaded forest through the Maiduguri axis,” another soldier, who participated in the operation, said.
He said the operation was carried out day and night.
But inspire of their predicament, the Boko Haram fought back with sophisticated weapons—although they eventually lost.