BY DIWA PINDAR, MAIDUGURI
The Nigerian Army has said that following the successful conduct of Friday Prayers and robust deployment of troops in Gajiram, the general security situation is now calm and peaceful, with the people of the area conducting their routine businesses without any fear.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Col. Ado Isa who disclosed this also said, the Divisional Police Officer of Gajiram has also returned to the town with his men, to re-open the Gajiram Police Station.
Similarly, Col. Isa explained that on Thursday, 100 hunters/Vigilantes have also returned to the community from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He said both the returnees (hunters, vigilantes and the Nigerian Policemen), were received by the representative of the Commander, Sector 3, Operation Lafiya Dole, the Commander Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General JAL Jimoh.
He further disclosed that the hunters vowed to never leave Gajiram again, while they also reaffirmed their support to the troops with a promise to consolidate their collaboration with the Army by providing vital timely information and support to aid patrols and other operations against Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals and marauders.
He noted that the security situation and the general atmosphere in Gajiram town is relatively calm and peaceful, adding that Troops morale in the community Response area is high with long-range patrols been conducted in line with the Super Camp Concept of the counter-terrorism operations.
Meanwhile, sensitization/psychological operations campaign is in progress across Gajiram, Magumeri, Gubio, Kukawa, Gudunbali and adjoining villages of Borno State.
So far, over 20, 000 copies of psychological operations/Sensitization leaflets have been forwarded to the Headquarters Theatre Command for coordination with the Air Task Force to airdrop the leaflets on selected locations in the tumbus. Col. Ado Isa disclosed.
He, however, noted that the air dropping of the leaflets, if conducted alongside ongoing air and artillery interdictions, would exert additional pressure on BH/ISWAP bandits/crouching terrorists’ leaders.
With the increasing support from well-meaning Nigerians, the morale and fighting efficiency of troops have remained generally satisfactory.
The Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE further Solicits for more Cooperation, understanding and support of all Nigerians in our collective struggle to crush the insurgency. Col. Isa added.