By Umar Yusuf
Mubi – (Adamawa) The Joint Task Force, JTF Sunday night raided the main hide out of the suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Mubi the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State where 156 suspected members of the dreaded group were arrested.
Addressing newsmen shortly after inspecting the compound where the raid took place, Commander of the 23rd Armored Brigade, Nigerian Army Yola, Brigadier General John Nwaoga hinted the operation was sequel to the recent clandestine activities and destruction of GSM masts in Mubi by the suspected terrorists.
Brigadier General Nwaoga, who was accompanied by the Adamawa Police Commissioner Mr. Godffrey Okeke and the State Director of SSS said the raid has really helped the military intelligence to unravel the mystery behind the protracted wave of shooting and bomb attacks in Mubi Town.
Among items recovered from the raid, code named Operation restore sanity” are ready to us improved explosive device, chemicals, arms and ammunitions, over 500 dagger knives, 9 AK47 assault riffles, locally made pistols, rocket launchers among others.
“Based on intelligence report, a combined team of the JTF isolated the area, cordoned it and made sure that innocent and law abiding citizens were not hurt” Brigadier General Nwaoga stated.
At the military base housing the FRSC training school Mubi, 156 suspects were arraigned including 6 females and 5 children who were resaved.
However, the Brigade Commander said the operating is “sweeping” and assured that those arrested will be decisively screamed in other to free innocent ones.
He disclosed that a member of the notorious group was gunned down as they engaged the JTF in a gun duel before they were over powered.
Nwaoga however expressed dismay over what he described as “non-cooperative attitude’ of people in relation to the fight against terrorism.
He therefore called on traditional rulers, village heads, and residents to report to security agents unidentified persons residing in their midst.
“By availing to us of useful information, concerning unknown faces and suspicious movements in their midst, we assured that; we will act rapidly to clear out terrorists amongst us” Nwaoga assured.
He commended the state government for granting this 24hrs curfew which enabled the JTF to carry the successful operation.
Mubi, which is the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State and the major link between the state and the Cameroun Republic has being in the centre of terrorists attack in the last one and half years.
Score of people have been killed, the latest victim was the chairman of Maiha local government council in the area who are gunned down a few days ago and the destruction of GSM masts.
A 24 hours curfew is currently imposed on the area which share common border with Borno and parts of Yobe states.