Troops belonging to the MNJTF and Nigerian Armed Forces said they have succeeded in neutralizing many, including key commanders, during a combined artillery and air bombardments of suspected hideouts of erstwhile Boko Haram/ISWAP at the Tumbus of Lake Chad region.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa and issued to the media on Friday.
According to the release, reliable information coming out from the inner circles of the criminal group’s enclave escaping to Sudan and Central African Republic, indicates that at least not fewer than 7 of their key commanders have been wasted by the superior forces of the MNJTF.
The neutralized commanders are said to be Abba Mainok, Bukar Dunokaube, Abu Kololo, Abor Kime (said to be of Arab origin – likely their ISIS trainer), Mann Chari, Dawoud Abdoulaye (from Mali) and Abu Hamza.
All these were said to be commanders of various Tumbus controlling fighters before they were decisively dealt with by the military bombardment.
“Although these names may not be real and may likely be nicknames alias, nonetheless, it is an unprecedented feat to our quest of clearing the remnants of these criminals in the area.
“Consequently, efforts are ongoing to get more information on their true identities,” the statement added.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai had through the Theatre Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force and the Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, commended the troops for this great efforts and enjoined them to do more.