The Nigerian Army has said it has completely defeated the Boko Haram forces in the Northeast region.
The theatre commander of Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, announced this in Maiduguri, at the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroon military joint mission.
He explained that the feat was achieved by troops during the on-going ‘Operation Deep-Punch,’ in which they had dislodged and occupied the tactical ground of Boko Haram forces in the Sambisa forest.
The troops, according to the army commander, are now in the heart of Boko Haram enclave at Sambisa Forest, and in total control of the forest.
The commander said Boko Haram fighters are either surrendering or on the run at the battlefront in the region.
He said, “My soldiers are in the heart of Boko Haram enclave that is ‘Camp Zairo”, the gallant troops have taken total control of Sambisa Forest.
“We have broken the heart and soul of Shekau’s group, taking over the camp and its environs.
“They are on the run and we are pursuing them to wherever they go. This time around there is no place for escape anywhere.
“We had earlier asked those of them that want to surrender to do so and we are still asking them to come out and surrender otherwise they are going to meet it the hard way”.