Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Abdul Khalifa, has thrown light on the controversial “Super Camps” strategy newly introduced by the military to battle Boko Haram in the North-east.
He said the strategy will soon forced the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists to surrender.
The strategy has come under severe attack of leadership of Borno, the birthplace of Boko Haram with both the governor and elders alleging that it had added wind to insurgents and allowed for some towns to be overrun.
He said Super Camps, is a concept in warfare, whereby the Army strongly hold position where it will be able to have reasonable resources within the “Super Camps”, and from the “super camps” the Army will be able to project power.
Khalifa, who just took over Command of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, revealed that two more concepts, “Response Area (RA ) and” “Strong Response Area” ( SRA ), which will heat up the insurgents to surrender, are on the card.
He made this revelation on Wednesday in Maiduguri while on operational tour of Army units within the 7 Division and 7 Division Garrison, especially 211 and 251 battalions.
He said the essence of the “Response Area” and “Strong Response Area”, is for soldiers to be able to carry out patrol from these areas, carrying raids, ambushes and what have you.
Khalifa noted that for sometimes now, the Army has discovered that the criminal Boko Haram terrorists have the kind of mobility, because the Army were in defence.
He said: “I am actually on an operational visit to units under 7 Division and 7 Division Garrison, that is 211 and 251 battalions. You know this place is a frontline, and I have taken some inspection and some briefs, from there, we will know the next line of action.”
He added that: “You know, I am ust coming to the Theatre, and I am coming at a time, when we have a change in strategy. What we have now is a super concept and the super camp concept is a concept in warfare whereby we have a strongly held position, where we are able to have reasonable resources. Within this “super camps” we will be able to project power out.
“We have another concept which is the ” Response Area “(RA) and “Strong Response Area (SRA). The essence of them is that the soldiers will be able to carry out patrol, raids, ambushes and what have you.
“Overtime, we have discovered that the criminal Boko Haram elements have the kind of mobility because, we are in defence. And then, we have this issue of people trying to say that the Boko Haram terrorists are better equipped or what have you.
“So we are trying to see how this strategy can change, that is why we have this new concept. Though, a lot have been achieved, but we still have some remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists around. Our ultimate aim is to force Boko Haram to surrender. We should be able to strangulate them. That is why we came up with these concepts. We should be able to take the fight to them. We should have greater mobility.”
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