Nigerian Soldiers Arrest Boko Haram Kingpin and Destroy IED Factory

Nigerian soldiers arrest Boko Haram kingpin, John Trankil
Nigerian soldiers arrest Boko Haram kingpin, John Trankil

The Nigerian 7 Division Garrison Nigerian Army troops made significant progress by arresting Boko Haram Kingpin, Mr. John Trankil, at Kasuwar Shanu in Maiduguri metropolis.

Confirmed by Colonel Turkur Ismail Gusau, media coordinator for Operation Lafiya Dole on Monday, the capture of John Trankil was commended by Major General Yusha’u Mahmood Abukabar, Theatre Commander operation Lafiya Dole. Abukar also called for more vigilance from the troops and civilians and security counscious at all check points, markets, worship centres, motor parks and schools.

Colonel Gusau also confirmed that Trankil told him he was sneaked into the Maiduguri.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect said that 9 of them were sneaked into the Maiduguri armed with AK 47 assault rifle each and a Hilux vehicle laden with 20 Improvised Explosive Devices meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city.”

Last week, the Nigerian army arrested many suspected terrorists linked to Boko Haram, including some on the Nigerian 100 most wanted suspect list. Cindo Bello and Ishaku Wardifen, two Boko Haram militants figuring on the most wanted poster, were identified and apprehended.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari gave a deadline to its army to end the Boko Haram insurrection in Nigeria by the end of December.

 

Nigerian army destroys Boko Haram IED factory

A Nigerian F-7NI
A Nigerian Air Force F-7NI

During an offensive on Boko Haram positions, troops of 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, with the support of the Nigerian Air Force, discovered a improvised explosive device (IED) and rocket factory along Bama-Gonin Kurmi within the outskirts of Bama town, Borno State.

According to the Defence Headquarters Nigeria Facebook page, the recovered items includes “gas cylinders, welding machine, pipes and poles. Others include locally made rocket shells, large quantity of assorted chemicals, unprimed IEDs and various technical and laboratory equipment suspected to be stolen from schools’ laboratories around Bama before they were dislodged from the area.”

A Boko Haram IED factory was destroyed by Nigerian troops in Maiduguri
A Boko Haram IED factory was destroyed by Nigerian troops in Maiduguri

Dealing a huge blow to the operations of Boko Haram in the region, the Nigerian army still have to conduct many other operations, including in the Lake Chad area, to utterly destroy Boko Haram’s forces and influence in Nigeria.

Last week, Chad imposed state of emergency to fight Boko Haram in the Lake Chad islands. It is believed that Boko Haram is hiding in the Lake Chad islands—Nigeria has a direct access to the lake—and the Nigerian Sambisa Forest for the rainy season.

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Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.