BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
The men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) a.k.a ‘Operation Restore Order’ in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital yesterday denied the purported letters/ leaflets being circulated by suspected Boko Haram sect threatening people, especially informants and those supporting security agencies that their lives will soon be endangered as the sect will visit them one by one and kill them in their houses soon.
This is even as some residents of Hausari, Gwange and other Boko Haram’s stronghold areas of Maiduguri metropolis have expressed fear on the circulated leaflets purportedly written by Boko Haram sect members, warning them that anyone who gives information on their Modus Operandi or reveals their identity to security agencies, will end up endangering their lives and their families as a whole.
The JTF said, the purported leaflets and letters claimed to have been written and being circulated by Boko Haram members in the state is not only fake, misleading, but untrue.
The JTF while reacting to the threatened leaflets noted that the said statement are aimed at discouraging the support and cooperation of the general public to the security agencies in their effort to nip in the bud the problem of killings, bombings and destruction of property by the sects.
In a widely circulated statement/release from the JTF Headquarters in Pompomari ward of the metropolis, which were pasted/distributed to strategic points on Sunday, including schools and hospital bill boards, a copy which was made available to our Correspondent, said, “the JTF wish to inform the public that such threatened letters are not authored truly by Boko Haram sect, but by those who do not want the relative peace being enjoyed in the state to be sustained, and therefore urged members of the public to disregard such threats as the JTF is working round the clock to ensure peace and unity return back to the troubled state”.
JTF however said, its men are ready to cooperate and continue to discharge their duties according to the ‘ Rules of Engagement’, so as to rid the state of Boko Haram insurgencies.
It also enjoined the general public to continue to give information to the JTF that will led to the arrest of any suspected Boko Haram sect in the state, stressing that any information given to the Task Force will be treated with utmost confidentiality.