Troops of Sector 2 Joint Task Force, North East(NE), Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have again inflicted casualty on Boko Haram(BH) and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in a fierce battle that ensued in Buni Yadi in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State on Tuesday 30 November 2021.
The terrorists, who frantically attempted to gain access into Buni Yadi, mounted on gun trucks, met stiff resistance from troops of 27 Task Force Brigade and Nigerian Army Special Forces School, supported by the Nigerian Air Force Component and personnel of the Nigerian Police, who gallantly fought and overwhelmed the terrorists with superior firepower.
A statement by Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said the ferrocious battle forced the criminals to withdraw in different directions having suffered heavy losses.
“Several gun trucks with their occupants were taken out by the troops.
“Preliminary battle damage assessment revealed the precision with which Air and Land troops engaged the terrorists destroying their gun trucks.
“Exploitation is still ongoing by troops to take out fleeing remnants of the terrorists.
Commending troops for this operational exploit, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya charged them to sustain the current operational tempo to deny the criminals freedom of action.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has charged troops of 33 Artillery Brigade to make effective use of available platforms to decimate the terrorists in the theatre of operations.
The COAS gave the charge while addressing troops of 33 Brigade and HQ Nigerian Army Armoured Corps at Shadawanka and Obienu Barracks respectively.
The COAS expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the Brigade in repairing and maintaining available combat platforms, emphasising the need to put them to good use for the success of ongoing operations.
The COAS assured the troops of improved logistics and welfare to boost their morale and improve upon their state of operational readiness to enable them accomplish all assigned tasks in line with his vision.
He pointed out, that troops’ welfare is paramount in his agenda, as he presented a brand new Hilux truck to the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of Nigerian Army Armoured Corps in fulfilment of his pledge to empower RSMs of the NA for efficiency.
The COAS was also at the Victor Kure Shooting Range for a fire power demonstration to mark the end of Exercise “Iron Thrust’ which climaxed the training year of the Armoured Corps.
Gen Yahaya urged the graduating students to apply the knowledge gained to improve their performance in ongoing operations in the theatres.
Speaking at the palace of the Emir of Bauchi, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Dr Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu, the COAS expressed appreciation to the monarch for his support to the NA and other security agencies operating in his domain.
He extolled the traditional leader for his role in ensuring peaceful co-existence among people of the state.
General Yahaya maintained that with the support and encouragement of the traditional institution and well meaning Nigerians, the NA and sister services will surmount the security challenges bedeviling the nation.
In his remarks, the Emir expressed confidence in the ability of the NA and the security agencies to rid the country of insecurity.
He assured of the Emirate’s continued support to the NA.