The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to thank all well-meaning Nigerians for their unabating support, goodwill and understanding towards the officers and men of the Nigerian Army and reassure the general public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute her constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better, safe and secure Nigeria
Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Colonel AMINU ILIYASU in a statements of 3 March 2020 said in another development, on 26 February 2020, troops of Strong Response Area Ngoshe, Gwoza LGA of Borno State conducted a cordon and search operation at an abandoned Boko Haram settlement in Kudeli. The troops discovered some Improvised Explosive Device materials abandoned by Boko Haram criminals in a dilapidated structure. The recovered materials were safety detonated by the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team attached to the troops. Also, one suicide vest and one Improvised Explosive Device earlier recovered by troops of 25 Brigade during a meeting engagement with Boko Haram terrorists at Njaba along Damboa – Bale Road were also safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the Unit.
Relatedly, on 1 March 2020, troops of 192 Battalion deployed at Gwoza successfully sprung an ambush at a Boko Haram Crossing Point at Fadagwe Muni general area. During the encounter, one Boko Haram criminal was neutralized while several others were believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered at the ambush site include: one motorcycle, some clothing materials, two 25 litres jerricans containing honey, some food items, herbs, one machete and 3 axes.Earlier on 24 February 2020, 2 Boko Haram criminals namely Abu Abor (61 years old) and Abubakar Hassan (51 years old) both of Chadian nationality surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Ngala LGA of Borno State after sneaking out of Bagadaza in the Lake Chad. The 2 suspects revealed that they were in the Shekau Faction and had to escape due to overwhelming troops’ artillery bombardments and ground assaults for months that have fractured their command structure forcing many among their leadership to desert thus leaving them to their fate. They further expressed their regret for the heinous crimes they committed against security agents as well as civilians and begged for forgiveness. However, it is worthy to note that, the surrendering of the 2 Boko Haram terrorists of Chadian nationality have further given credence to the presence of foreign mercenaries among the insurgents.
Meanwhile, in the North Central region, on 27 February 2020, the combined troops of 176 and 177 Guards Battalions under Operation MESA while on patrol at Anda Forest, a border area between Nasarawa and Kogi States made contact with a group of bandits in the forest. After a brief encounter, the bandits fled abandoning one AK 47 Rifle, 29 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, one AK 47 Rifle magazine, 5 mobile phones, 5 torch lights and 2 Bluetooth speakers.