In a targeted air operation led by the air component of Operation Whirl Punch, multiple terrorists met their demise in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The precision strike was a response to actionable intelligence indicating the presence of a notorious terrorist kingpin, identified as Boderi, and his cohorts in the specified location.
Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, the Director of Public Relations and Information for the Nigerian Air Force, disclosed in a statement on Sunday that the air operations were not only executed with precision but also resulted in a significant blow to the terrorist network. The successful mission prompted the immediate planning of another operation, this time focused on Boderi’s brother.
According to Gabkwet, the two siblings, Boderi and his brother, have been implicated in numerous attacks on communities in Kaduna State and its surrounding areas. The air operations were a strategic response to neutralize the threat posed by these individuals, who were key figures in orchestrating acts of terror against innocent civilians.
He said, “Nigerian Air Force aircraft under Operation Whirl Punch have sustained air strikes against terrorists operating in the North-West and North Central region of the country, leading to the decimation of several terrorist elements at Tsauni Doka at Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“The strikes became necessary following credible intelligence revealed the presence of a terrorist kingpin known as Boderi and his foot soldiers at Tsauni Doka.
“Subsequently, air strikes were carried out on the location in the early hours of 16 November 2023, with devastating consequences on the terrorists. Similar strikes with positive outcomes were also carried out at a location about 500 metres east of Boderi’s hideout, believed to be the hiding place of Boderi’s brother, Nasiru. Both strikes were termed very successful as several terrorists were neutralised and their motorcycles destroyed.
“Boderi and his brother, Nasiru, alongside their cohorts, have been blamed for several attacks and abductions along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road as well as in several communities in Niger and Kaduna states. “