The Nigerian Army has said that its troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, have arrested 25 Boko Haram suicide bombers in communities around three northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa within seven months’ clearance operations, beginning from December 2017 to June this year.
The Army has also declared N5 million offer on any information that will lead to the exposure of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) making factories in Borno and other states of northeast that have become the targets of the Boko Haram suicide bombers.
This is even as the military added that 300 Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to troops within the said period with over one million captives rescued at different locations of operations in Borno and environs.
The Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas, disclosed this yesterday during a press briefing at the command and control centre of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He reiterated call to residents of Borno and Northeast to join the Nigerian military in exposing Boko Haram terrorists living in their midst, noting that security is a collective responsibility of every citizen who can as well fall victim of the murderous acts of the insurgents.
“We will reward anybody with information that will lead to the exposure of IEDs making factories with N5 million price , either in Borno or other parts of the northeast. There is no doubt that the Boko Haram terrorists now have somewhere that the IEDs are being manufactured to carryout their attacks. We know that the perpetrators are living within the communities.
“We have so far arrested 25 suicide bombers within the period of operations in Borno and Northeast. Some were arrested in Bama, Konduga, Benisheik among others in Borno State while others were arrested in Mubi, Madagali among others in Adamawa State.
“No fewer than 300 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to us in the past seven months while over one million captives have been rescued by troops from the terrorists and the number keeps increasing on daily basis,” said Maj Gen Nicholas.
He assured most of the Internally Displaced persons ( (IDPs) who are returning to their communities that adequate security has been put in place over their safety.
“Communities should take responsibility of security in their domains because security is a collective responsibility of every citizen which should not be left alone for the security agencies,” he added.
On the Damboa attacks, which claimed over 31 lives with several people sustaining various degrees of injuries, the Theatre Commander dismissed the allegations that the high casualties were as a result of artillery shelling by the military to the direction of the attacks, but quickly added that the pictures of the dead ones and the injured are enough evidence to prove that the incident was purely suicide bomb
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