Military authorities in Borno State yesterday said they had raided Boko Haram camps in four different locations in Bama Local Government Area of the state and recover cache arms.
Commander of the 202 Tank Battalion, Bama, Lt. Col. Adamu Garba Laka ,and the spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col. Mohammed Dole, took journalists round the Bama town and said that the four hideouts that were raided in the last three days were located in Kilani, Bulakadi, Izad and Bulla Musa villages.
Though Laka was silent on the number of insurgents killed during the operations, he said items recovered include rocket launchers, Ak47 rifles, dane guns, improvised explosives, magazines and ammunitions, power generators, military boots among others.
He recalled that three weeks ago, military men aborted what could have been “a big tragedy in Bama” when they intercepted a bomb-laden car which was being manipulated through the bush in an attempt to get into the town.
Laka said: “One of our men at a checkpoint used a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and targeted the car which was fully loaded with bombs.
It exploded instantly, killed the occupants and destroyed some nearby walls.”
Contrary to some report about purported attack in Bama some days ago, Laka said the only attack took place in Gulumba village along the Nigerian border with Cameroon.
“Bama town has been witnessing relative peace since the killing of Momodu Bama, the second in command of the Boko Haram. The people are cooperating with us in our fight against the insurgents and normal life is picking up.
“We are now taking the war to the terrorists in their hideouts and we are succeeding. We hope with the additional equipment given to us, we should be able to make Boko Haram a thing of the past in the nearest future, by the grace of God,” Laka said.