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Boko Haram terrorists are now disintegrated, says Defence spokesman

By News Express on 28/06/2017

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•Defence Spokesman, Maj. General John Enenche.
•Defence Spokesman, Maj. General John Enenche.

The Nigerian Army says it is making more progress in the fight against terrorism as the Boko Haram terrorist group is now disintegrated.

Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche said this on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, while addressing the latest suicide bombing attack that occurred in Maiduguri on Monday.

He said: “They don’t have a central command. They are not as coordinated as people think. They have dissenting views and before you say anything they can disintegrate.

“There are several factions of them and these are the people that have already acquired the little technology of making these explosives and these IEDs.”

Although an unfortunate incident, Enenche explained that compared to cases in the past, the insurgents now only focus on soft targets causing a relatively low number of casualties.

The Defence spokesman explained: “We are progressing in the real sense of it and we are going to overcome it. When you go into the records of how it all started some couple of years ago and looking at where we are now, compare it with the recent past whereby they don’t have freedom of action even in terrorism. They could just go into public buildings like churches and mosques and carry out these actions and a very large number of casualties will take place. But now that has been curtailed almost totally, limited to isolated attacks and then to soft targets.

“Looking at what just happened, 16 casualties (seven terrorists and nine innocent people), it is unfortunate that we had to lose those nine people. But when you look again at the comparative analysis of the whole thing, we are making progress.”

Enenche stated that terrorism was a state of mind and that many terrorists had sold their souls to the act.

“Terrorism is a state of the mind – to de-indoctrinate them is more difficult than insurgence. These are people that may have sworn an oath that they must die in this. That is why you see some of them even detonating before the target they asked them to get to,” he explained.

Also, addressing the question of why the University of Maiduguri appears to be a regular target of the insurgents, General Enenche explained that the insurgents have always been against western education hence the attacks.

He said what might appear to be a reprisal attack after the swap of some of the Chibok girls could be because the terrorists are now disintegrated.

He said while some groups might be in agreement with the swap deals, others might disagree hence the fresh attacks afterwards.

He, however, assured Nigerians that the fight against terrorism was improving daily and that the Military is doing its best to ensure that the insurgents are wiped out totally.

Also addressing the issue of some 38 soldiers who were dismissed, the Defence spokesman said it was in connection with matters of national security.

According to him, some of the victims were brilliant officers, but after administrative processes, they had to be dismissed on the basis of national security.

(Channels TV)

Source News Express

Posted 28/06/2017 12:23:43 AM





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