Molly Kilete, Abuja
The Nigerian Army said the Divisional Police Office at Gaijiram hitherto shut down over terror activities has been reopened, with hunters who abandoned the town returning from Maiduguri.
Deputy Director Army Public for OPERATION LAFIA DOLE Colonel Ado Isa, who made this known, said the reopening of the police station and relocation of locals was as a result of troop patrols and confidence-boosting measures from one of the Sector 3 Super Camps.
Isa, in a statement said, “Following the successful conduct of Jumuat prayers on Friday and robust deployment of troops in Gajiram, the general security situation is now calm and peaceful, with the people of the area conducting their routine businesses without any fear.
“The DPO Gajiram has also returned to the town with his men, to re-open the Gajiram Police Station.
“Similarly, on Thursday, 19 September 2019, 100 hunters/Vigilantees have returned to Gajiram from Maiduguri, the Borno State’s capital.
“Both the returnees (hunters, vigilantees and Nigerian Policemen) were received by the representative of the Commander, Sector 3, Operation Lafiya Dole, – the Commander Artillery Brigade Brigadier-General JAL Jimoh.
“The hunters vowed to never leave Gajiram again. They reaffirmed their support to Army’s troops, promising to consolidate their collaboration with the Army by providing vital timely information and support to aid patrols and other operations against Boko Haram and ISWAP Criminals and marauders.
“The security situation and general atmosphere in Gajiram town is relatively calm and peaceful. Troops morale in Gajiram Response Area is high with long range patrols been conducted in line with the Super Camp Concept of the counter terrorism operations.
“Meanwhile, sensitization/psychological operations campaign is in progress across Gajiram, Magumeri, Gubio, Kukawa, Gudunbali and adjoining villages of Borno State.
“So far, over 20, 000 copies of psychological operations/Sensitization leaflets have been forwarded to the Headquarters Theatre Command for coordination with the Air Task Force to air drop the leaflets on selected locations in the tumbus.
“The air dropping of the leaflets, if conducted alongside ongoing air and artillery interdictions, would exert additional pressure on BH/ISWAP bandits/crouching terrorists’ leaders.
“With the increasing support from well meaning Nigerians, the morale and fighting efficiency of troops have remain generally satisfactory. The Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE further Solicits for more Cooperation, understanding and support of all Nigerians in our collective struggle to crush the insurgency.”