Troops of the Air Task Force(ATF) Operation Hadin Kai have killed another notorious commander of Boko Haram Alhaji Modu also known as “Bem Bem”, and 27 other fighters in Borno State.
The notorious commander and his fighters were killed on August 3, 2022 by military airstrikes.
The airstrikes were launched around the Mandara mountains in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state.
Sources within the military high command confirmed that the operation followed credible intelligence reports; indicating that the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters were converging in large numbers; with the intention to conduct attacks.
The deceased terrorist fighter Alhaji Modu was a popular drug baron who went into armed robbery before joining the Boko Haram sect.
According to the sources, Bem Bem commandeered the displacement of Bama town in 2014; as well as the killing of hundreds of persons before declaring it a Boko Haram caliphate.
Bem Bem, before his death, was working under the supervision of a top leader of Boko Haram, Ali Ngoshe. They were hiding inside caves in Mandara Mountain from where they coordinated attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon; as well as the Niger Republic.
This came as the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational Commanders to ‘show no mercy’ and ensure they employ maximum firepower against terrorists posing security threats in the country.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, August 6, 2022 condemned the killing of non-indigenes; as well as law enforcement officials by terrorists in the South-East.
According to a statement signed by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu; President Buhari vowed to undertake all possible actions in conducting a speedy investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Shehu said the President’s reaction came amid reports of “the slaying of six Nigerien citizens and the brutal killing of a number of policemen at their duty posts.”
Four police officials were killed in Imo on Saturday after gunmen attacked a police station.
President Buhari urged the community and religion to speak more forcefully against the killings.
“Those who know should point at specific people who did this,” the President was quoted to have said.
“He expressed his administration’s unwavering commitment to peace and stability in the southeast and the entire country, saying that the reports of killings anywhere were sad and unwelcome,” the statement added.