National Security

Military Authorities May Be Lobbying Radical Islamist/Terrorist Shekau To Surrender

The Nigerian Military on Monday claimed that the body language of Abubakar Shekau, leader of the radical Islamic terrorist group (Book Haram) that has killed thousands of Christians in the country, is that of surrender.

It credited this development to what it described as a grand offensive mounted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria against Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP).

The military high command also announced that key commanders of the terrorist group were killed during airstrikes on Durbarda, Borno State.

There is no doubt that the Chadian President Idriss Dèby-led military offensive against Boko Haram/ISWAP completely incapacitated and demoralized Shekau and that they are the proper authorities to take his surrender.

Surrendering to the Chadians who defeated him until he sought refuge in Nigeria is the only way justice could be served for the multitudes who lost the lives of their loved ones to his raving terrorist madness.

Abubakar Shekau, who is also wanted by the United States authorities must not escape justice, lest, the Nigerian authorities would be accused of collusion.

In another development, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) announced that it had produced 18,000 hand sanitisers and ventilator machine, “Dicovent” in support of government’s effort to contain COVID-19 pandemic.

DHQ called on government, both states and federal, to patronise the products produced by Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) to enable mass production.

The Coordinator of the Directorate of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), Major General John Enenche, speaking at a press conference in Abuja attended by the leadership of DICON, led by Major General Victor Ezugwu, explains that while there was no official contact with the terror leader, his body language showed that he was ready to surrender.

“Boko Haram has been degraded by the ongoing pounding of its forces and structures.

“If you talk about body language, the body language is there. If he makes any move in that regard, you will know but from the onslaught from troops, they can’t hide anymore”, he said.

“More airstrikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole killed key Boko Haram commanders.

“Several key Boko Haram terrorists, Boko Haram/ISWAP leaders, have been killed and their structures destroyed in airstrikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Durbada in Borno State.

“The operation was executed on the heels of credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, which were confirmed by a series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicating that the settlement was one of the locations where some of the terrorists’ hierarchy often hibernate”, he said.

“Fighter jets dispatched by the Air Task Force took turns in attacking the location scoring accurate hits within the target area, which resulted in the death of many terrorists.

“Others, who were seen attempting to flee the area, were taken out in follow-on attacks.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria, in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North-east will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our nation”, he said.

“In response to the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, to the armed forces to articulate strategic intervention to support the federal government’s fight against the COVID 19 pandemic, DICON has taken the lead to address the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“Additional to its primary responsibility to produce defence equipment, DICON has succeeded in diversifying its human, equipment, machinery as well as research and development capacity, to support a much-needed strategic intervention to cushion the effects of the highly dreaded COVID 19 in the country.

“Consequently, DICON, under the visionary leadership and result-oriented leadership of Maj. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, has mobilised its management and staff to research, develop, produce and produce several COVID-19 and life-savessentialing equipment”, he said. Enenche stated that DICON embarked on the production of over 1,500 dozens of DICSanz, a high-quality hand sanitiser for supply to troops.

“The product is at the last stage of NAFDAC registration in line with extant due diligence provisions.

“In addition to these, DICON engineers, consultants and medical teams have successfully produced a digital mechanical ventilator known as DICOVENT. The newly designed low-cost machine is a simple mechanical ventilator that can deliver positive pressured ventilation using a volume-controlled ventilation (VCV) system.

“The ventilator has undergone thorough scrutiny and assessment by specialists from top ranging hospitals and experts in the country, including Cedar crest Hospital Abuja, 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna amongst others.

“While DICOVENT may not be able to meet the high demands of critical patients, it could be used for Continuous Mandatory Ventilation (CMV) and Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilation ( IPPV), it can also be used for invasive ventilation and non-invasive ventilation using an end tracheal tube and mask respectively.“