Fleeing Boko Haram relocating to border areas – MNJTF

Some Boko Haram disguis­ing as civilians have fled to remote communities in the border areas following their dislodgment from Damasak, Borno’s northern town and recapturing of the town by the military troops.


Spokesman for the re­gional military force; Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Col Muhammad Dole, said the force bombard­ment and eventual liberation of Damasak, a Boko Haram stronghold, last Thursday had compelled the insur­gents to flee to communities around the Lake Chad. He said the terrorists also dis­guised as displaced civilians to take refuge at the border area.

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“Sequel to the capture and subsequent occupation of Damasak town and sur­rounding villages by Sector 4, MNJTF, the troops of Op­eration Lafiya Dole (Nige­ria) have successfully linked up and are currently consol­idating their defences in the cleared town and stabilising the general area.

“Despite this high valued achievement, remnants of Boko Haram terrorists fleeing the general area of operation are said to be relocating to remote settle­ments along the borders of the MNJTF member coun­tries, mostly disguising as normal civilians,” Dole said in a statement yesterday from the force operational base in neighbouring Niger Republic.

He appealed to people re­siding along the borders to be security conscious and “re­port arrival of new persons/ settlers as well as unusual movement of persons to the nearest security agencies.”

He said the MNJTF Com­mander, Maj Gen Lamidi Adeosun Dele said he had as­sured that onslaught against Boko Haram continues until “they are all smoked out of their hiding places.”

Dole however noted that the task of ending insurgen­cy in the country would be achieved with the continued support of all.



  1. May Almighty God continue to protect our soldiers and the civilian JTF for the good work they are doing in the NE of Nigeria. Hope must not be lost, total victory over them is at hand.

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