Troops from the United States of America (USA) yesterday commenced drone surveillance over Sambisa forest in Borno State, North East Nigeria.
Report gathered that many Boko Haram militants have been spotted by the troops inside Sambisa forest.
Sambisa forest is widely believed to be the fortress of the notorious Boko Haram sect. It is said to be one of the locations where the insurgents are believed to be holding some of the over 200 school girls who were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state in April, 2014.
It would be recalled that the US government recently said it was sending 300 troops along with surveillance drones to Cameroon to bolster a West African effort to counter the Boko Haram sect.
Nigeria and Cameroon had welcomed the US’ decision.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, had in the wake of the announcement, said the development was welcome, while the military said it demonstrated cooperation that was needed against the Nigeria-based militants, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.
“The United States has given the pledge to support the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria and in the region,” Shehu had told AFP by telephone.
“This is the fulfilment of that pledge and we are very happy about it. The United States’ move is quite commendable.”
Also, spokesman of the military, Colonel Rabe Abubakar added, “this is how the fight can be done collectively with partners cooperating with us to fight against a common cause – terrorism – which has been ravaging the region for some time now.”
Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya hailed the US deployment as a “precious contribution” to the fight against the Islamists, who have increased their attacks against civilians using suicide bombers in border areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Yesterday’s sighting of the insurgents was an indication that the effort was already yielding result. More details later…