The Nugerian Army said on Thursday that members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups are relocating from the North East to north and central Africa.
Col. Sagir Musa, the acting director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, on Thursday, in a statement, said that this is as a result of the joint efforts of the troops of Nigerian Army and Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in northern Nigeria.
He said that there is observed massive exodus of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists out of their hideouts in Lake Chad Tumbus to north and central Africa sub-regions.
Musa said that the combined onslaught by the troops of Nigerian Army and Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in the region on the identified hideouts of the terrorist was responsible for their exodus.
He said that there were credible reports from very reliable sources, indicating massive movements of the criminal groups out of the area towards Sudan and Central African Republic.
This, according to him, is as a result of successful artillery and aerial bombardments of their settlements and as the heat of the onslaught is becoming unbearable.
Musa said: “This mass movement for their lives was necessitated by the sustained air and artillery bombardments by the Nigerian Armed forces and coalition forces of the MNJTF, which killed uncountable number of the terrorists and destroyed their weapons and equipment.”
The army spokesperson disclosed that the various national troops and the MNJTF were maintaining aggressive patrols and blocking positions against infiltration by the escaping criminals.
He said it was important to note that most of the Tumbus were located along the Quadrangular borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic and Nigeria.
“To further annihilate the fleeing terrorists, efforts are ongoing for continued shelling, bombardment and pursuits.
“Similarly, the countries in these sub-regions have also been contacted through the MNJTF headquarters,“ he said.