Why we didn’t kill Katsina schoolboys’ abductors –Navy
The Nigerian navy on Saturday made some disclosures on the way it carried out the rescue operation of the 344 boys kidnapped from their college in Kankara, Katsina State, on December 11.
The navy disclosed that whereas kinetic and non-kinetic approaches had been used to make sure that all of the boys had been rescued unharmed, there was resistance from the abductors who laid an ambush for the troops.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, and a former Director, Navy Intelligence, Maj.Gen. Ahmed Jibrin (retd,), gave the accounts on Saturday after they featured on a particular version of the Nigerian Tv Authority programme, “Good Morning Nigeria.”
The Information Company of Nigeria recognized Jibrin because the Particular Technical Adviser to the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.).
Jibrin stated following the kidnapping of the oboys, the minister led a delegation, together with the Service Chiefs and the Nationwide Safety Adviser, to Katsina and Kankara.
He stated the minister gave the foundations of engagement, directing the troops to make sure that the kidnapped boys had been rescued with out casualties and inside the shortest time doable.
He stated, “Following the directive, the troops closed in on the abductors from 4 completely different fronts, together with the reinforcement that was created from different divisions, to make sure that the complete location was sealed off.
“The bandits had been all beneath siege they usually had been absolutely conscious of that, feeling the impacts of the presence of the troops each from the air and on the bottom.
“Once they approached the situation the place the boys had been held, the troops encountered some pockets of opposition which they cleared and moved deeper into the forest.
Though there was no casualty on the a part of the boys, loads of the bandits had been neutralised as a result of within the try by the navy to maneuver ahead, they laid ambush in two locations alongside the best way.
“Actually, within the second place the place they laid ambush, there was critical resistance as a result of they had been hiding and had occupied the street.
“They delayed the motion of the troops for some hours earlier than they had been neutralised.”
Jibrin stated whereas the troops had been on the sector, negotiations had been ongoing at one other stage of the rescue efforts.
He stated the troops couldn’t utterly demobilise the bandits due to doable collateral injury because the kidnapped boys had been used as human shields.
On the declare by the Boko Haram terrorists that they had been chargeable for the kidnapping, Jibrin stated the group was solely searching for low cost relevance.
“(Abubakar) Shekau doesn’t have the attain to hold out the kidnapping as a result of rather a lot is being finished to cease them within the North-East.
“He’s simply profiting from what occurred to get publicity regionally and internationally; it’s clear that the kidnapping was finished by bandits.
“All their efforts after they had been making an attempt to achieve out to the bandits, which they did, had been monitored,’’ he stated.
On his half, Enenche stated the rescue mission, like another one, was a fragile operation as a result of if it was not carried out very professionally, the tide might flip negatively.
“That is an operation the place you don’t depend on your capability on platforms and mechanical weapons however your capacity to successfully perform the mission with unarmed fight.
“This implies you must silence your enemies and take your goal away with out firing a shot.
“It is extremely delicate within the sense that if you don’t handle the operation effectively, the youngsters who’re in-between you and the enemies will now grow to be the victims.
“Once they grow to be the victims, the individuals exterior there’ll attribute it to failure on the a part of your safety forces,’’ he stated.
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