*Aftermath of Buhari’s marching order, Military kills 2 B/Haram leaders in Katsina, Borno
*’Notorious’ B/Haram leader, Alhaji Modu was killed in Borno, while Faca-Faca died in Katsina
*27 insurgents also killed in airstrikes in Borno, 7 others in Katsina
*As soldiers yesterday repelled attempts by B/Haram to attack Bama LGA, Borno
By Faith Maji, Katsina with agency report
The Military seem to have woken up to the clarion call by President Mohammadu Buhari to deal mercilessly with terrorists that have been killing, maiming and kidnapping Nigerians at will across the country.
Barely one week after the President told Service Chiefs that “this madness” must stop, the military has succeeded in killing two ‘notorious’ Boko Haram leaders, Alhaji Modu in Borno state and Abdulkarim Faca-faca in Katsina state.
It was reported that troops of the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Hadin Kai killed one Alhaji Modu who was described as a ‘notorious leader’ of the Boko Haram sect in Borno state.
A counter-insurgency expert, Zagazola Makama was quoted to have said that Modu, popularly known as Bem Bem was killed alongside 27 other Boko Haram fighters in Borno state explaining that he was killed on August 3 in military airstrikes in Mandara Mountain in Gwoza Local Government of the state.
“A battle damaged assessment has indicated that the air interdiction had recorded devastating impact as many jihadists were killed, while others were severely wounded,” he quoted a source as saying.
According to him, sources said, the operation followed credible intelligence reports indicating that the ISWAP fighters were converging in large numbers with the intention to conduct attacks.
“Bem Bem was a popular drug baron who rose from an armed robber to Boko Haram Kingpin. He took part in the displacement of Bama town in 2014, and the killing of hundreds of people before declaring it as its caliphate,” Makama said.
He added that Modu had been hiding in caves in the Mandara Mountain from where he coordinated attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
In a related development, Makama said soldiers, on Sunday, repelled attempts by Boko Haram fighters to attack Bama Local Government Area of Borno state.
He said the insurgents attempted to attack the town located about 45 miles from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, around 2:30 am.
Meanwhile, eight suspected terrorists including their gang leader, Abdulkarim Faca-faca was killed in yesterday’s Nigeria Air Force raids in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
According to sources, the operation extended to Sunday morning in the same area for mop up operation “terrorists fled but all their rustled cows perished as many escaped with bullets wounds.”
The Nigeria Air Force had carried out an attack on terrorist’s camp at Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State yesterday evening leading to the decimation of terrorist’s leader, Abdulkarim Faca-faca and many of his gang members.
Though there has been no official statement by NAF as at the time of filing this report.
Similarly, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO of Katsina State, SP Gambo Isah has confirmed that the officers rescued six kidnapped victims saying “On Saturday 6/08/2022 at about 0530hrs, based on credible intelligence, the command raided terrorists hideouts at Unguwan Dako, Tandama village, Danja LGA and succeeded in rescuing six kidnapped victims”.