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Nigerian Army Captured Only Camp Zero, Not Entire Sambisa Forest – Oby Ezekwesili

Obiageli Ezekwesili
Obiageli Ezekwesili

Co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Oby Ezekwesili, who had just gone on guided tour of Sambisa Forest, the headquarters of Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state, has said that the capture of Camp Zero does not mean the capture of the entire Sambisa Forest.
She said that what happened was similar to capturing the capital city of a country, saying that Camp Zero was the Capital SPOT of Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest.
According to Ezekwesili, Sambisa Forest is a vast expanse of land that is 18 times the size of Lagos state, Nigeria’s commercial capital, saying that more has to be done to capture the whole forest.
“Dreaded Sambisa is massive. (It is) sixty thousand square kilometers. Eighteen times the size of Lagos State! All of Lagos is 3,345 square km,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Apparently, the Sambisa ‘general area’ as it’s called is some 85% of entire size of Borno State.
“#DataMine:
Dreaded Sambisa is massive.
60, 000 square kilometers.
18 times the size of Lagos State!
All of Lagos is 3,345 square km.#BBOG
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) January 16, 2017”
Ezekwesili emphasised the need for the military to intensify the search for the Chibok Schoolgirls still in captivity, adding that the #BringBackOurGirlsNow would continue to demand that the Chibok Schoolgirls should be brought back alive. She emphasised that the search must continue.
“Capture of Camp Zero is significant but not cos of its SIZE. It is SIGNIFICANT because it USED TO BE the STRONGHOLD of the enemy in there.
“So, could our Chibok girls and other abducted citizens still [be] within the vast field of Sambisa other than Camp Zero? Yes. So, NAF searches on.”
Regarding the entire trip, she said “We came. We learned. Now we return. To stand! To demand!! #BringBackOurGirlsNowAndAlive! Thanks everyone at Nigerian Air Force for all we learned.” [myad]