Boko Haram Prior Notice of Army Operations Putting Soldiers in Clear and Present Danger

An attack by the Iswap faction of Boko Haram terrorists on a military base in Damasak, Borno State has been repelled by a combination of ground and air troops in a nighttime operation.

A report this morning that The Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole released a battle damage assessment video, which showed that several gun trucks belonging to the terrorists were destroyed in the air strikes in the location north of Borno State. 
during report, the report said The attacks were executed whilst providing close air support for the ground troops at Damasak who were in pursuit of the terrorists after they had attempted to attack their location. The Nigerian Air Force MI-35m helicopter gunship engaged the group of terrorists’ gun trucks in successive waves of attacks as they retreated, destroying and immobilizing some of them, and killing several of the terrorists.

 Boko Haram Prior Notice of Army Operations Putting Soldiers in Clear and Present Danger

A report reach Africanet desk this morning  from NTA, according to reporter, The Nigerian Army wishes to clarify on alleged invasion of Media Trust Headquarters in Abuja and regional office in Maiduguri.

We would like to state that soldiers of the Nigerian Army along with elements of Nigeria Police Force and other Security Agencies were indeed at Abuja and Maiduguri offices of the publishing company to invite the staff of the company over its lead story on Sunday Trust publication, which divulged classified military information, thus undermining national security.

In it, the newspaper made disclosed details of planned military operations against the Boko Haram terrorists. The disclosure of classified security information amounts to a breach of national security and run contrary to Sections 1 and 2 of the Official Secrets Act. It afforded the Boko Haram terrorists prior notice of our plans and giving them early warning to prepare against the Nigerian military, thus sabotaging the planned operations and putting the lives of troops in imminent and clear danger.

We would like to state that the invitation of those responsible for divulging military plans was done with the best of intention in order to make them realize the import of such acts to our national security. We therefore advice all, particularly journalists, not to worry but engage in their responsive reportage and to be professional as the Nigerian Army has no intention of muzzling the press or jeopardizing press freedom. We however, wish to enjoin further that they should eschew jeopardizing national security in their reportage. We would not tolerate situation where a publication would consistently side with terrorists and undermine our National institutions.

We wish to appeal to all, especially the media, to join hands with the Nigerian military and security forces to end terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria. We would like to further assure that the invitation is for further investigation and if need be, all those culpable of jeopardizing operations of security will be prosecuted by the relevant law enforcement agency.

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