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The Nigerian Army, on Monday asked Nigerians to be vigilant to track down Boko Haram members it declared wanted recently.
This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Army spokesman, Sani Usman.
“The Nigerian Army would like to reiterate the need for all well-meaning Nigerians and those residing in our great country to be more vigilant.
“We also solicit the assistance of citizens to security agencies with information about the declared wanted terrorists, their sponsors and other criminals in our midst,” the statement said.
Mr. Usman said the call became necessary following reports of mass exodus of the insurgents from their enclaves in parts of the Northeast due to sustained military offensive.
He confirmed the arrest of one of the suspected wanted terrorists at the Abuja airport.
Ishaku Wardifen, one of the 100 declared-wanted Boko Haram terrorists, has been captured by vigilant troops of the 23rd Bridge Special Battalion in Maiha, Adamawa State.
Acting Nigerian Army Director of Public Relations Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a press statement that preliminary interrogation revealed that Wardifen, who is #22 on the list, to be a Cameroonian citizen. He has been handed over to military intelligence for further investigation and possible prosecution.
In continuation with the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, Nigerian troops from 243 Battalion, 5 Brigade Nigerian Army on fighting patrol encountered some suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists holed up at a Primary School in Duwabafi village, Borno State, on Sunday.
Lagos - Nigeria's secret police have arrested and charged 45 suspects over an alleged Boko Haram plot to attack the country's financial hub, Lagos, sources with knowledge of the matter told AFP on Sunday.
"About 60 suspects were picked up from different locations in Lagos by the Department of State Services [DSS] acting on intelligence information they were planning to attack Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi last month," said one source.
Both sources, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, said some of the suspects were released after preliminary investigations, while 45 others were taken to a magistrate court on Friday.
troops of 5 Brigade Nigerian Army, weekend, destroyed all Boko Haramcamps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.
Giving details of the operation, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman said: “During the operation which is ongoing, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well-fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa.
“The camps include some at the gateway to Kerenowa, Gumada and Dogon Gida. In addition, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp.
The Nigerian Army on Friday tweeted that over 200 members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect have surrendered to troops.
Also, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Yusha’u Abubakar, said after the capture of Banki, a Nigerian border town with Cameroon, on Thursday, over 200 members of the insurgency group willingly surrendered to the military.
Nigerian Army yesterday alerted the nation that some elders and leaders of Borno state and other States of the North East are working against the resolve by the military and other security agencies to ensure they bring the terrorists activities of Boko Haram group to an end by December this year in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.
These persons including top politicians are said to have gone to the extent of employing the services of Marabouts and other unethical means to reverse the gains made so far in the war against insurgency. Consequently, the Army warned that such elders, whose sinister machinations security agencies were aware of, risk arrest and will be dealt with in accordance with the law if caught.
A statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman said, “the Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and send a very strong and serious final warning to some prominent individuals and political groups who hail from Borno State in particular and North East generally, that there is information of plans by some highly placed individuals and political groups to undermine and scuttle the fight against terrorism and insurgency in this country.
The terror group killed her parents and her neighbors, according to Doctors Without Borders. Abeni grabbed her little brother, nephew and four neighbors and eventually made her way to the Dar es Salaam refugee camp in Chad. But her troubles are far from over.
Abeni hasn’t yet received her refugee card, so she and the children she arrived with aren’t receiving any food.
When the Nigeria Air Force gave us the news in a terse press statement about its bombardment of Boko Haram’s solar panels in Sambisa forest, they inadvertently brought a closure to a lingering issue in the minds of some Nigerians. Going from the fact that there was complete electricity-generating renewable energy system stationed in the heart of the dreaded Sambisa, we can now deduce that all these while those that had been alleging that Boko Haram had sophisticated network of collaborators and logistical support were not shouting just for the sake of noise making.
It will be recalled that in one of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s live media chats, he was asked by one of the journalists about the complaints by some locals in the North-East who told the authorities that they constantly witnessed aircrafts come to drop equipment and supplies to the insurgents right into their conclaves.
After 510 days of abduction, a ray of hope that the 219 Chibok girls may be alive after all came from none other than distinguished Senator Shehu Sani who disclosed to Sunday Vanguard that “they are alive”.
Senator Sani, who has been deeply involved in negotiations with Boko Haram and the Nigerian government in bids to rescue the girls and end terrorism in Nigeria, told Sunday Vanguard in an exclusive interview that he was certain the over 200 girls were alive and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to make efforts to rescue them before taking further steps to end insurgency.