Military authorities prosecuting the battle to dislodge the remnants of the Boko Haram terror group from Sambisa forest disclosed yesterday that the supplier of fuel and diesel to the terrorists for use in the camps has been arrested.
The arrest according to sources followed the killing of several of the terrorists who at one point, tried to ambush Nigerian soldiers in the forest but met their waterloo as soldiers who knew the modus operandi of Boko Haram, had prepared for the ambush.
The footage of the air and ground bombardment of the camps of the terrorists, many of the terrorists in their hundreds were seen jumping into several pick up vans, trucks and motorcycles and fleeing at very top speed even inside the forest.
The question that came to mind had been where and how the terrorist got fuel to energise these trucks, pick-up vans and motorcycles.
The arrest of the supplier who also provides foodstuff for them is however expected to cripple the logistics support that has emboldened the terrorists.
Meanwhile, Operational videos showing how Nigerians troops are battling and dislodging terrorists inside the notorious Forest have shown the dexterity of Nigerian Air Force pilots as masters of their trade.
In the videos shown by the defence headquarters, pilots are seen taunting the terrorists with hundreds of the latter running for their lives and fleeing into different directions.
In footage, the video depict how vulnerable women and children were cautiously and deliberately guided to safety by the Nigerian pilots.
An officer involved in the operation said: “Since the essence of the operation is not to kill everybody in sight, the Air Force pilots deploy their skills in herding both terrorists and their captives in different directions so that those conscripted and abducted were guided to safety zone while the armed terrorists met their waterloos.”
Since they invaded the notorious forest, the Nigerian troops have rescued over 700 females and children. In the first daring and precise operation, the troops rescued about 300 women and girls while many terrorists camps including Tokumbere were destroyed.
In another operation, that involved Special Forces, another set of 234 women and children were rescued through the Kawuri and Konduga end of Sambisa forest.
Military sources disclosed that the sustained operations deep into the Sambisa forest is being spearheaded by the Air Force through what an officer called “tactical aerial bombardments and guided reconnaissance” with the main objective of decimating and clearing the terrorists from the forest which is their last bastion.
Since this particular operation commenced, several field commanders and foot soldiers of the terrorist group have lost their lives with some armoured personnel carriers, vehicles mounted with Anti-Aircraft guns, and several trucks also destroyed by the military.