Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State wept Monday afternoon when he led elders of the state to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the resurgence of Boko Haram terrorism, Daily Trust reports.
Shettima arrived the Presidential Villa around 2.30pm and went straight to the council chamber of the State House for the meeting. The meeting is coming on the heels of an emergency extraordinary security meeting held in Maiduguri last Monday over the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks.
Among those in attendance are the three senators of the state, Reps, APC governorship candidate, traditional and religious leaders.
The Chief of Defence Staff, National Security Adviser, Director General of the Department of State Service, DSS, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, were also in attendance.
After speaking for about three minutes, Shettima appealed that observations of the delegation should not be reported, thus journalists were excused.
Meanwhile, over 100 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed in clearance operations in Baga and neighbouring towns of Borno State following a massive land and air onslaught by troops of the Nigerian Military and air strikes by the Nigerian Air Force.
A statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, stated that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, in their determined efforts of wiping the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists, have embarked on aggressive clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts and crossing points with tremendous results.
“It is in this line that they neutralised quite a number of them and recovered various calibre of arms and ammunition in such areas around Goniri in Yobe State, Damasak, Kross Kauwa and Monguno, among other locations in Borno State.
“Specifically, the 120 Battalion and the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command have neutralised over 100 Boko Haram terrorists in various encounters.
“The Nigerian Air Force Air Task Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole have been giving close air support to ground troops and also facilitating hot pursuit of fleeing infiltrating terrorists in the ongoing operations.
“Significantly, the Air Task Force have destroyed several Boko Haram terrorists gun trucks and facilities.
“The gallant troops have also been repelling attempted efforts by the terrorists to infiltrate their locations.
“Buoyed by the Chief of Army Staff’s presence and motivation, the troops in the front line are in renewed positive fighting spirit across the theatre to stop incursions and annihilate the terrorists,” the statement read.