from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian military has warned residents against keeping in their homes Boko Haram terrorists fleeing operations northeast of the country.
The military stated it had credible information that some of the surviving insurgents were seeking refuge in the homes of some corrupt individuals in some parts of Borno and Yobe States. Borno and Yobe, alongside Adamawa, are the states worst affected by the Boko Haram
Colonel Ado Isa, the acting army spokesman, ordered those harbouring the fleeing suspects to report or hand them to the troops.
“Failure to do that will attract severe consequences,” Isa warned.
“Well meaning Nigerians, especially those residing in aforementioned areas, must report any suspicious and strange faces in their communities,” he added.
The army spokesperson said besides being a criminal offence to harbour the terrorists, this was risky.
“Please, report these criminals before they kill you,” Isa advised.
Nigeria’s uniformed forces are engaged in a brutal war with the Boko Haram, an Islamist group attempting to overthrow the government.
This past weekend, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) reported that it had killed an unspecified number of the insurgents during airstrikes in Borno.
“The NAF will sustain the tempo of effort, operating in concert with surface forces, to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the northeast of the country,” Air Commodore Director Ibinkule Daramola, NAF spokesperson said.
– CAJ News