The troops have blocked all supply routes to the insurgents in the build-up to the next stage of liberating the over 200 Chibok girls abducted two years ago by the terrorists. The blockade covers arms, ammunition and other logistics, highly placed sources told The Nation.
The number of MNJTF troops deployed in the Lake Chad Basin by Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic had hit 10,500 by yesterday. The MNJTF forces are receiving intelligence and reconnaissance assistance from France, Britain and the United States.
A top military source confirmed last night that the blockade was part of the ongoing Operation Crackdown against the insurgents.
But he explained that the troops could not move now into the targeted part of Sambisa Forest because of the rains. Sources said the marshy nature of the area makes movement difficult at this time of the year.