BY KINGSLEY OMONOBI
ABUJA—The Defence headquarters said, Wednesday, that 49 suspected Boko Haram terrorists were apprehended in various locations in Yobe State by troops, following a tip off by locals in some communities.
A statement by the Director of Public Relations, Brig-General Chris Olukolade, noted that the arrests which were made during cordon and search operation, also witnessed the recovery of various weapons.
Olukolade said weapons such as AK 47 rifles, locally made pistols and ammunition were recovered by the troops who combed such villages as Rugan Fulani, Arikime, Afghanistan and Ngandu villages”.
He said: “Police stations are now being reopened in some parts of Borno State. At Kirenowa, detachments of the Police anti-terrorist unit have been deployed to complement security in the area.
“A key terrorist who specializes in recruiting young men into the Boko Haram fold has been apprehended by troops in Maiduguri following a tip off.
“The same individual who also watches over the insurgents’ armoury was arrested in one of the cordon and search operations by the special forces.
“Another group of five insurgents,, all Nigeriens were arrested when troops stormed their hideout at Mallam Fatori as they attempted to escape in two Toyota Cruiser Jeeps.
“Troops continue to patrol the notorious Sambisa forest and are also cordoning the Alou forest and Gwoza hills. More abandoned vehicles, weapons and other items are being recovered in the camps of the insurgents.
“Among the recent discovery are rifles, double barrel guns, various charms and amulets, machine guns, as well as pairs of camouflage uniforms, bows and quiver and assorted rifle magazine”.
“Others are handset, 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.”
The feat of restoring peace to Yobe State and arrest of 49 terrorists with the help of locals was broken to the Defence Headquarters Operation Assessment Team in Damaturu.
The team, led by Air Commodore BE Inyang, was also informed that all the camps of the terrorists in the area had been dislodged as some of the insurgents fled towards Niger Republic.
The DHQ team was also informed of a trend where some particular crimes had now taken the place of terrorism as the criminals now resort to brigandage, robbery and attempted assassination of business rivals.