We’ll force Boko Haram to surrender – Military

The acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Abdul Khalifa, has said the military will soon force  Boko Haram fighters to surrender.

He said the Super Camps strategy introduced by the military would ensure that the North-East was free of Boko Haram.

He spoke on Wednesday in Maiduguri while on an operational tour of army units within his division.

Khalifa said their strategy was for soldiers to be able to carry out patrols, raids and ambushes.

The army chief said, “We have discovered that  Boko Haram elements have some kind of mobility because we are in defence. We are trying to see how this strategy can change, that is why we have this new concept.  Although a  lot has been achieved,  we still have some remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists around.

Our ultimate aim is to force Boko Haram to surrender. We should be able to strangulate them. We should be able to take the fight to them.”

In a related development, Yobe State Governor  Mai-Mala Buni has started the construction of Buni-Yadi township road.

Buni-Yadi, at the peak of the Boko Haram crisis, was one of the few local government areas captured in Yobe State.

The governor said on Wednesday the road project was a fulfilment of one of the promises that he made during the electioneering.

He said the four-kilometre road would have drainage and would be built through direct labour by the Ministry of Works and Transport at a  cost of N673.5m.