Nigerian Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, has told the Senate Committee on Air Force that military operations in the North east has totally destroyed Boko Haram stronghold by damaging its command and control in the area.
Amosu stated this when he appeared before the committee for the 2015 budget defence.
Amosu commended the collaborative efforts of the neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroun, Benin Republic and Niger in the fight against the insurgents in the North East.
According to him, the bilateral cooperation between Nigerian soldiers and those countries gave the nation’s security forces a lot of boost because they had blocked the terrorists from escaping to the neighbouring countries.
His words: “On the 15th of February, we were in Lagos to harmonize equipment with the ammunition system. It was very clear that we were commencing a major offensive, which was very quick for me to release information that we are going to storm the North East, that we are going to storm the Sambisa Forest.
“Since the 15th, if you notice, there has not been any major offensive from the Boko Haram terrorists. It is very clear that by our efforts, we have been able to disrupt their communication lines. The command and control is substantially damaged.
“Again, their ability to plan is not there. We have also been able to destroy their training stations. So, the issue of regeneration is out of it. We are lucky again to have our neighbours who have agreed to work with us.
“That has given us huge comfort because when they cannot run away to the neighbouring countries, we are sure that we are going to contain them here, and it will be easy to take them down. So far, we are happy and satisfied with what is going on.
“And I am happy to announce to you that we are getting a lot of cooperation from the citizens. We are getting valuable intelligence from the citizens. We just want to encourage them to keep it up because this is our country and we have no other country to go to.
“These are people coming from outside the country to attempt to destabilize our country.
“I want to use this opportunity to acknowledge fully the support of Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.