Nigeria claims complete victory over Boko Haram
Lagos: The Nigerian Army has completely defeated the Boko Haram insurgents in the restive northeast parts of the country, said Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas, head of a military operation.
Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said this late on Saturday during the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroon Military Joint Mission in Maiduguri, capital of
Borno State, Xinhua news agency reported.
He said the collaboration between the two militaries was critical to the successful completion of the counter-insurgency campaign.
"We share information and intelligence to enable us to map out strategies to fight Boko Haram insurgents in our common borders," he said.
Troops under the operation DEEP PUNCH II had on Friday dislodged and occupied the insurgents' tactical ground
"Camp Zairo," the military chief said,
adding that hundreds of insurgents had surrendered and several others fled their enclave while over 100 civilians were rescued.
"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," the commander said.
The military chief called on the insurgents and abducted persons in the bush to come out and surrender to the troops, stressing that they would not be harmed or killed.
He revealed that the troops had destroyed the insurgents' hideouts, vehicles and ammunition, while hundreds of insurgents surrendered and over 100 civilians were rescued.