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The Total Fall of Boko Haram

The Total Fall of Boko Haram The Total Fall of Boko Haram

Friday, May 21, 2021

 

Nigerians yesterday witnessed the total collapse of Boko Haram, following the government’s victory in the law suit against major patrons of the sect.

The Boko Haram menace is one Nigerians will never forget in a hurry. It left indelible scars in the hearts of Nigerians. Scores of lives were lost in almost every way the insurgents could conceive – even in their drunk state. They had their swell days.

From consistent bombings on roads, markets, motor parks, to bombing of innocent worshipers in mosques and churches, to pointblank butchery of worshipers and sleeping college students, to repeated kidnappings of girls and women, Nigeria had its cup of sorrow full and running over.

The incident that readily comes to mind is that of the kidnap of over 234 Chibok secondary school girls in just one night and the inability of the government to rescue the girls for about a year. 

Due to the ineptitude of governments and the sabotage or negligence of supposed statesmen and uniform officers, Nigerian citizens – especially northerners - suffered tortures that were better left to imagination.

The first major victory over Boko Haram came in 2015 after the carefully executed operation that saw the “Chibok survivors” rescued and scores of insurgents killed. The operation was spearheaded by a special squad named The Bees. The square had 20 elite members – all Nigerians, drafted from the Nigerian military forces.

Of the 20 members, 5 were working as undercover agents in Sambisa Forest. At least, 50 of such agents died before the 5 could get themselves right into the camp of the enemy. They were later aided by a Boko Haram commandant who felt “the cause had become unjustifiable to me.”

The main weapon used in the operation was Fentanolyte, a derivative of Fentanyl. Fentanolyte is a sleeping gas that renders first the arms weak, then the legs and the whole of the body in as short time as 3-5 seconds – and with minimal side effects. The sleeping gas, which was innovated by a group of Nigerian Navy laboratory scientists, travels (when properly aided) at a speed of 200km/hr. So, before anyone could alert others, he would himself have been rendered incapacitated. The 15 bees positioned themselves around the camp and dispelled the gas at the same set time. 

As envisaged, before the evacuation of all the camp residents – already affected by the sleeping gas - was over, insurgents from outside the camp came in in their thousands. They however met the ready squads of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force and Police that were strategically positioned to provide cover for The Bees. The heavily equipped soldiers combated the insurgents with their riffles, bombs, APCs, as well as with Fentanolyte.

About 185 Chibok girls were rescued, over 2,200 of the insurgents killed, and 512 arrested in the operation.

The operation was a big success. The US Marines, Israeli Shayetet 13, British SAS, and other prominent special forces, expressed “amazement at and admiration of the brilliance of its execution.” It practically destroyed the combat prowess and arsenal of Boko Haram.

Nigeria’s victory over terrorism was sealed yesterday with the jail and death sentences handed the patrons of Boko Haram in a Supreme Court ruling. Immediately after Operation Chibok, all borders were closed and over 500 arrests were made in just two days. Six years after, 4,257 Nigerians and foreign nationals – mostly politicians and uniform officers - have been convicted. Prominent among them are two past presidents who were convicted yesterday – along with 25 others - on charges ranging from negligence to conspiracy.

The developments also saw, in 2016, solders sentenced to death for mutiny in 2014 pardoned and honourably discharged from the force. 

Commenting on the court order, the counsel to the federal government, Herbert Omoniyi (SAN), who was obviously excited, said it is now Nigerians can say the war against Boko Haram is over. “This is perhaps the greatest day in the history of Nigeria. Those who felt they could not be touched have not only been touched, but have been dragged in the mud of karma. This day should be declared a national Holiday of Freedom.”

Development expert have also purported that this victory is not only a victory against Boko Haram, but, more importantly, a victory against the few elites who frustrate the development of the nation. According to the renowned professor of Economics, Prof. Agnes Osu, “This court ruling is simply a passport to a new developed and sustainable Nigeria. This nation will henceforth develop at the fastest rate ever, because the major clogs are out of our wheel.”

 

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