The Theater Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Yusha’u Abubakar, yesterday said Sambisa must be captured before the end of December deadline having liberated villages around the forest.
Abubakar, who visited the librated Bita village in Gwoza local government area of Borno State, said though his troops are yet to reach the promised land but he is happy that they are well progressing.
Our correspondent and other three journalists were yesterday at Bita village which is situated 15kmsaway from the Sambisa forest, where they saw destroyed camps and burnt varieties of cars and other items.
Also there, they severally heard vibratory gunfire which was said from troops engaging Boko Haram militants.
The commander, while inspecting some destroyed Boko Haram camps in surrounding librated village, said he was at Bita village in order to be close to his men officers at front line.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. TY Buratai gave directives that you must be close to your troops. You must be able to see what they are doing; guide them, look at their challenges, encourage and give them the moral to fight the war,” he said.
“For us to be here in Bita, it implies that we have done a lot of job by capturing, clearing and taking care of all those camps that were under Boko Haram. And, we are using this as a staging area for further offensive operations and objectives,” he said.