The military battling Boko Haram in Northeast Nigeria may have decimated the dissident group, but they need to consolidate on the gains.

Boko Haram is regrouping and kidnapping of oil workers has become their new forte.

Service Chiefs are to return to command centre in northeast to add impetus to the war against terror.

For over 8 years, Boko Haram has tried to establish an Islamic state in the region and also end Western education.


Internally Displaced Persons have continued to ration food in camps

So much has been achieved in the last two years, including chasing the terrorists out of Sambisa Forest.

But the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, is concerned that the gains made may be gradually slipping away.

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Dan-Ali announced the planned return while briefing reporters at the end of a meeting with the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.

He said the meeting was also attended by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ekwe Ite-Ibas and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar.


Over 30,000 IDPs have returned to Nigeria from neighbouring countries in 2016 alone

According to the minister, the meeting agreed to get more surveillance devices, cameras and other vital security gadgets that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the position of the Nigerian troops.

“We just finished a meeting with the Acting President and the three Service Chiefs.

“We agreed that they should move back to the Command Centre again and see what are the things happening there.

“We have also agreed that we should get more surveillance devices, cameras that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the position of our troops.

“The period of the raining season is a difficult moment for us.

“We cannot dominate the environment like what we do during the dry season but effort is geared towards regaining back our areas,” the Defence Minister explained.

Dan-Ali reassured Nigerians that “all these ambushes that are happening regularly would be stopped”.

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