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Nigerian Army Restrict Movements Around Grey Areas In Borno

The military operational headquarters of Nigeria’s decade long counterinsurgency campaign known as operation Lafiya Dole has restricted access to roads around the dreaded Timbuktu triangle in Borno state.

The restriction is to pave the way for a new subsidiary operation fireball against Boko Haram positions.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, recently launched “Operation Fireball,” during the combined conference of Chief of Army Staff held on October 6, in Maiduguri.

The Army chief said the new operation would extend to insurgents’ hideouts of Sambisa Forest, Mandara Mountains and the Lake Chad region.

“My recent directive on the relocation of Army Headquarters (AHQ), Department of Army Training and Operations and Army Logistics to the Northeast Theatre is geared towards ensuring that AHQ provides maximum support to the operation,” he said.

In March, the Nigerian Army moved into the Timbuktu Triangle in Alargano forest area, which has remained under the control of the ISWAP fighters despite sustained military offensive to retake it, to clear suspected ISWAP positions.

However, soldiers faced stiff resistance and challenges from ambushes and Improvised explosive devices and more recently, the negative impact of the rainy season.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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  1. This is not fair. What if the boko Haram Members trooped out and ambush our dear friends, relatives and family. Sincerely speaking, what the Nigerian army usually do is worrying alot. Thanks.

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