The Nigerian Army says the outlawed Boko Haram group will be punished for killing 40 of the Chibok girls in their custody.
The Theatre Commander of the counter-insurgency war, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, who made the vow, told a news conference that the days of the Boko Haram insurgents were numbered.
General Irabor was reacting to claims by a faction of the terrorist group in a recent video that 40 out of the over 200 girls they seized from a school in Chibok community of Borno State had died from airstrikes in the Lafiya Dole Operations.
“Airstrikes are not AK47 rifles. It’s only a matter of common sense that those dead bodies shown on the ground there do not even give indication as to the claim which Boko Haram gave,” he said.
In continuance of clearance operations in liberated towns around Borno State in northeast Nigeria, the Theatre Commander said that the command had taken delivery of three mine sweepers.
He said the ammunition was part of the equipment the command had received lately and hinted that more sophisticated machines were still being expected.
General Irabor explained that they would detect remnants of improvised explosive devices left in farmlands and towns by the fleeing insurgents.
The Commander also asked the remaining Boko Haram members to surrender, as the army would not relent in its operations to totally rid Nigeria of criminals.
“Their future is going to be very disastrous if they fail to surrender and lay down their arms.
“I wish to encourage them to take advantage of this window of opportunity to surrender, as failure to do so will be hugely regretted,” General Irabor stated.