ABUJA—THE Nigerian Army, yesterday, said it had arrested 21 persons involved in aiding and abetting Boko Haram’s heinous activities in the North East and that its would not tolerate acts of sabotage from anybody.
A statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman , Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said troops in the North East, operating under the aegis of Operation Lafiya Dole, apprehended the 21 suspected persons, adding that preliminary investigation and profiling of the suspects had commenced.
It said the arrest was as a result of its resolve to rid the area of livestock rustling which, it noted, served as “another means of funding the terrorists’ activities.”
The statement read: “As part of measures to stem the tide of livestock rustling which serves as another means of funding Boko Haram terrorist activities, Operation Lafiya Dole, in conjunction with other security agencies has taken measures to stop the criminality.
“ Such actions by these unpatriotic elements are likely to jeopardize our collective efforts of clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in our country.
“Although investigations are ongoing, it is important to state that this is a warning to all those collaborators that aid and abet terrorism in the north east generally and Borno State in particular, to desist forthwith.
“The Nigerian Army and indeed Operation Lafiya Dole would not tolerate such acts of sabotage from anybody.
“Meanwhile, the general public is hereby encouraged to report any known or suspected illegality with regard to Operation Lafiya Dole to the security agencies.”