- Nigerian Army has charged members of the public to cooperate and support ongoing operations to weed out the infiltrating terrorists
- Army Spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said any civilian that fails to report would be treated as terrorists
- Nwachukwu, however, said some elements of Boko Haram terrorists have infiltrated some villages in the fringes of Maiduguri city
Authorities at the headquarters of Operation Lafiya Dole, a military counterinsurgency outfit in northeast Nigeria, Thursday, January 10, threatened to treat civilians who hide useful information about Boko Haram as terrorists.
This is contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of counterinsurgency operation, Onyema Nwachukwu.
The statement read: “There is credible information and evidence that in a bid to further intensify their psychological war and instil fear on the citizens, some elements of Boko Haram terrorists have infiltrated some villages in the fringes of Maiduguri city.
“They (Boko Haram) have clandestinely been going about threatening innocent residents, warning them to vacate their homes. So far, out of fear, several inhabitants have moved out of their ancestral homes.
''Consequently, we wish to inform all well meaning citizens, especially within Maiduguri metropolis and its environs to promptly report the presence of suspicious persons or avail the security agencies of information about such persons.
“Failure to report will be viewed seriously as it is tantamount to collaboration with the Boko Haram terrorists. Such compromising persons when found will be treated like the terrorists.
“Members of the public are enjoined to please cooperate and support ongoing operations to weed out the infiltrating terrorists and their sympathisers.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Buhari publicly blamed former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who was killed seven years ago for the ongoing killings across central Nigeria.
President Buhari claimed that bandits, who escaped from Libya after the death of their leader in 2011 took to terrorism, the brunt of which Nigeria and some other African countries are currently bearing.
He added that Nigerian cattle herder use to carry nothing more than a stick, but these are people with AK-47 and people refuse to reflect on the demise of Gaddafi.
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