Insurgency: Army,Airforce to Synergise Combat Operations as Army Denies Rift with Zulum
By Surukusku Dalori
There are reports that the army and Airforce have received marching order to synergise combat operations to fast track the success of counter insurgency operations.
This is reportedly one of the major outcome of the National Secuirty Council meeting held in Abuja under the chairmanship of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a related development,the army has denied rumours that it has frosty relationship with the Governor of Borno state ,Babagana Zulum.
Sahel Standard gathered that the two military services are likely to function more closely especially.in what a source called air cover during combat operations.
The Chief of Army Staff,General Yusuf Buratai and the Chief of Airforce ,AM Sadique Abubakar are allegedly having cold relationship,a report frequently denied by many close to the two services.
There are however confirmation from the field that both services are not united both in term of the counter insurgency strategy and combat issues.
Following the security council meeting ,it was learnt that the war against insurgents may witness closer joint operations and the revival of joint war room for the services chiefs.
Meanwhile,the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Olusegun
Adeniyi, has denied rumours of frosty relations with Borno state
According to him, such claims were mischievously orchestrated by the
enemies of State.
Adeniyi at a press briefing Friday in Maiduguri, said that the
military and Borno state government were “working together” fight Boko
Haram insurgency to end war for peace.
He insisted to maintain that; there was no row between the two leading
institutions in the fight against Boko Haram.
“We are working together. We are united. We speak and interact
regularly not only with the State governor but also with officials of
the state government,” said the Commander.
He said that those behind the allegation of squabble between the
military and government are; “As mischief makers and enemies of state;
who profit from the Boko Haram violence.”
He said the military cannot fight insurgency and terrorism without the
collaboration of the state government, media and the civil populace.
Adeniyi therefore, urged the people of Borno State to disregard the allegation.
He said the military forces have gone ahead of Boko Haram in
countering the group terror attacks in the North East.
According to him, the terror group countering accounted for the
successes of the military against insurgents in recent attacks in
Speaking on Damasak attacks, he said: “Boko Haram terrorists invaded
Damasak town on shores of Lake Chad twice on Thursday in 27 gun
“But our troops professionally defeated them with superior fire power.
“They initially came with about 14 gun trucks at about 6pm yesterday
(Thursday) but we dealt with them.
“Our troops killed them in droves and those who escaped among them
into the bush regrouped and returned to attack again in the night with
about 13 gun trucks but they received heavy casualties.”
According to him, the Super Camp measures introduced by the theatre
were already yielding results.
He therefore, urged the people to rebuild their confidence in the
capacity of the military to bring down Boko Haram