Nigerian army expects last Boko Haram strongholds to fall in weeks. ABUJA, Nigeria, Sept. The Nigerian Army expects to destroy Boko Haram’s remaining strongholds in the coming weeks in the hopes of declaring an absolute victory over the militant Islamist group ahead of a December deadline.
Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Nigerian army’s commander in charge of the Operation Lafiya Dole anti-Boko Haram counter-insurgency mission, said the group — which once cumulatively held territory the size of Belgium — now controls small pockets of territory in the Sambisa Forest and in two areas near Lake Chad
“There are joint operations. My commanders have an exchange with local commanders across the borders. Because of the collaborations we’ve had, Boko Haram has been boxed in and in a few weeks you will hear good news,” Irabor said.
Boko Haram, which began its violent insurgency in 2009, would later pledge allegiance to the Islamic State — becoming the self-proclaimed caliphate’s West Africa province. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari previously set a deadline for December to defeat Boko Haram.