- Sources say the move to capture Shekau may be abandoned in order to get back the hostages the terrorists are holding
- Intelligence services are trying to see if people living on the routes where the ambush happened collaborated with insurgents
- The oil exploration team had been using the same routes for a long time before the attack, hence the suspicion by security forces
The Nigerian military has initiated a joint security intelligence service investigation into calls and messages within the Yesu District in Magumeri axis of Borno State.
PRNigeria reports that the action was necessitated by suspicions of the activities of at least one mole in the recent deadly Boko Haram attacks that left many people dead and several others.
The media platform quoted an unnamed official of the security service as saying that moles were among those in the convoy that also included different interest groups.
The aim of the investigation is to determine if those living along the routes collaborated with insurgents in any way since the same NNPC explorers had been using the same routes on the way to the exploration sites.
“It is so baffling the shocking ambush by the terrorists when our gallant troops have always provided adequate security cover for the same convoy regularly on that same route and similar ones for months without problems!” the source said.
PRNigeria also reports that there are concerns that the recently announced move to capture Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in 40 days may be suspended or slowed down.
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This is because the insurgents are holding hostage some staff of University of Maiduguri and other abductees being moved to the suspected sites.
“Some military decisions must have the backing and endorsements of the ruling political class before they can be carried out to avoid any collateral damage,” another intelligence officer said.
Legit.ng also reported that acting president Yemi Osinbajo condemned the appalling ambush, attack and abduction of soldiers, and civilians who were carrying out their duties to the Nation in the Lake Chad Basin Frontier Exploration.
In a statement released by Laolu Akande, a senior special assistant on media and publicity in the office of the Acting President, Osinbajo also assured Nigerians that the government was doing all within its powers to ensure that the attacks stop.
Watch this Legit.ng TV video of preparations of the Nigerian Air Force for an onslaught on Boko Haram insurgents