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Military arrests 55 suspected terrorists in Borno, Yobe
« on: June 06, 2013, 03:48:07 AM »
Military arrests 55 suspected terrorists in Borno, Yobe
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THE Nigerian military Wednesday announced the arrest of 55 suspected Boko Haram terrorists in the hotbed of insurgent activities in North Eastern states of Borno and Yobe.

Among the 55 was a group of five insurgents of Nigerien origin who were arrested when troops stormed their hideout at Mallam Fatori area of Maiduguri as they attempted to escape in two Toyota Cruiser Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV).

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has described the $7 million bounty placed on the leader of the extremist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, by the United States (U.S.) as a welcome development.

The Nigerian Special Forces also arrested another batch of 49 suspected terrorists in various locations in Yobe State following tip off by locals in some communities.

The troops also said they arrested a key terrorist who allegedly specialised in recruiting young men into the Boko Haram group.

Director of Defence Information, Brigadier Gen. Chris Olukolade said in a statement in Abuja that the arrested individual also keeps watch over the insurgents’ armoury.

The three sets of insurgents were arrested during cordon and search operations by the Special Forces operating under the code name Operation Restore Order III.

Olukolade stated that as troops continue to patrol the “notorious” Sambisa forest in Maiduguri, they are also cordoning the Alou forest and Gwoza Hills where they are taking possession of more abandoned vehicles, weapons and other items left by the fleeing insurgents in their camps.

He listed items and equipment recovered in their camps to include rifles, double barrel guns, various charms and amulets, machine guns, camouflage uniforms, bows and quiver, assorted rifle magazine, mobile phones, walkie talkie, car number plates and some food items. Abandoned vehicles recovered include a Golf car, a Honda, Customs Pickup Van, Honda (2003 Model) and a Volkswagen Monte Carlo.

Olukolade added that during the arrest of the 48 insurgents, various weapons including AK 47 rifles, locally made pistols and ammunition were recovered by the troops who were combing the vicinities of towns such as Rugan Fulani, Arikime, Afghanistan and Ngandu villages.

General Olukolade also said that for the first time in years, police stations are now being reopened in some parts of Borno State.

According to him, “at Kirenowa, detachments of Police Anti-Terrorist unit have been deployed to complement security in the area.”

But Olukolade said there is a developing “trend whereby some particular crimes have now taken the place of terrorism as the criminals now resort to brigandage, robbery and attempted assassination of business rivals. All law abiding Nigerians were, however, assured of the safety of their lives and property as troops of the Special Forces, comprising various security agencies including the police anti-bomb squads are working round the clock to nip the negative trend in the bud.

Citizens were further encouraged to continue to volunteer information on activities of any terrorists in order to help troops rid the state of insurgents.

The IG, who was in Ibadan, Oyo State to commission an ultra modern police hospital at the state command headquarters, said the bounty placed on the Boko Haram leader is a boost for the fight against terrorism in the country.

He also promised better days ahead for members of the Nigeria Police and their families.

“Our officers have been left unattended to for years. But things have changed now. We are doing this because we want to show love to our people. I have commissioned similar projects in many other states and before the end of the year, we shall do more,” he said.



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