A top military source that was part of
the troops that stormed Sambisa Forest, has revealed how senior military
officers, aided the escape of Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau,
during the last military raid.
The source, on Saturday, December 31,
revealed that Nigerian troops in company of Cameroonian counterparts,
took position for about a week in readiness.
“We were told to pin down, meaning to
remain where we were. We were seeing our target, which was Camp Zero,
but had to wait for orders to attack,” he said.
The source, also said the only source of water for the insurgents living at Camp Zero, was a nearby irrigation plant at Alapo.
“Within the seven days, we pinned down,
whenever we go to Alapo to fetch water, we had on several occasions
clashed with insurgents coming from Camp Zero, also to fetch water.
Whenever that happens, we exchange fire and on several occasions we
killed a good number of them,” he said.
The source narrating further, said,
after the seven days elapsed, the troops were ordered to retreat for
another seven days, before the final attack.
He said: “Unfortunately, I believe, within the two weeks delay that was when Shekau and his other commanders must have escaped.
‘’The insurgents had all fled before we
got there, and we only met some elderly people, children and a few AK47
rifles, with some small arms they left behind”.
There were many Boko Haram flags flying
when troops stormed Camp Zero, all bearing the terrorists’ insignia,
according to another highly-placed military source.
He added that “There were clothes, pots,
massive cauldrons and some food items scattered around the area,
suggesting hasty departure.
While another top military source, that
was privy to the planning and execution of the attack on Sambisa Forest,
said, the target was Camp Zero, where Shekau was said to be hiding. “We
have not been able to cover the entire forest, as everyone now knows it
is very wide,” he said.
One of our sources, said, while the
victory at Camp Zero is indeed impressive, it could have been better.
“The way we stormed the place, and took it, was so smooth that it seems
like a movie. I am hoping and praying for the best, but I hope this is
truly the end of Boko Haram,” he said.
Another operational source, who also
gave details of the fierce battle that lasted for days, said: “By the
time we were ready to charge into the camp, they had set it on fire and
fled. We found a wounded sect member strapped to an IED, and we stayed
away cautiously. He cursed at us, eventually detonating it and killing
himself,” the source said.
Being the stronghold of Boko Haram,
especially Shekau, questions about Chibok girls were asked. The source
said, both the leader of the terrorists and the kidnapped schoolgirls
were nowhere to be found.
“I don’t think Shekau is with the
[Chibok] girls, as he’s on the run. They most likely are with some of
his top commanders,” he said.