Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), have eliminated a top Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Commander, Abu Fatima and 15 other terrorists in a massive joint air strikes conducted on fringes of the LakeChad.
The successful airstrikes was carried out on April 9, 2022, by the Nigerian Air Force Super Tucano jet n coordination with the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Niger Air Task Force’s Mi35 and Mi171 helicopter Gunship, targeting identified hideouts of the terrorists in the North of Jubularam in Marte Local Government Area of Borno state.
A Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in the Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama confirmed from an intelligence officer that the surgical air strikes was conducted on the strength of credible intelligence which indicated that the Commander and his fighters had taken position to fight back against the crushing intrusion of their enclaves in the Lake Chad by the combined forces.
Sources said that after a ground assessment, Abu – Fatima a high ranking ISWAP Commander of Rijal Amne (Special Forces), who took over from Bakura RPG, and Adam Kaiga after they were killed in the previous military Airstrikes, was neutralized in the attack.
The deadly ISWAP Commander who has about 500 fighting militants troops under his special forces command has his jurisdiction in the entire southern islands, including Kirta Wulgo, Sabon Tumbu, and Kwaleram, Sigir and Jibularam, Abbaganaram and Yarwa Kura.
The sources said that the Commander has led his fighters to many attacks against the Nigerian Military formations in Kukawa, Abadam, Malam Fatori and Marte, local government areas.
The current fierce land and aerial offensive campaign by the Nigerian Army, Airforce and MNJTF under the leaderships of Chief of Army Staff Lt-Gen Farouq Yahaya, and Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has degraded the battlefield capabilities of Boko Haram ISWAP factions.
The intensified intelligence-led COIN ground and aerial offensives has pushed the Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists to seek refuge around the riverbanks between Nigeria and Niger Republic.
The newly established settlement included Lumburam, Fiyoo, Lada and Jarwaram, all positions located in riverbanks between Nigeria-Niger Republic.
Source also confirmed that on April 11, arms and weapons including one Artillery arrived Tudun Wulgo through the axis of Bakkassi, Cameroon noting that the arrival of the arms was part of the ISWAP leadership efforts to replenish its fighting capacity in preparation for a face off with the MNJTF forces.
One of the leaders of the terrorists had on April 8, admonished Mujahedeens at his Friday Preachings at Sabon Tumbu, that the militants should remain resilient in defending the Daula from the invasion of the Military.
Troops of the MNJTF under the Operation Lake and Desert Sanity have continued its exploitations in massive terrain; complex waterways; tunnels; Hills, Islands, deep forest and waste lands aimed at making the Lake Chad and Sahel region untenable for the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.