Following the dislodgment of Boko Haram terrorist’s camps in some parts of Borno state by military troops which had forced many of the terrorists to scavenge for food from villagers, the terrorists have resorted to robbing innocent civilians thereby killing three passengers after collecting unspecified amount of cash and food items from their victims along Bama- Banki road.
This is even as intelligence information available to the newly established Headquarters of 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maiduguri indicated that the terrorists have written threat letters to Dikwa Market/traders demanding N1 million to enable them purchase food items and other logistical requirement or be ready to face deadly attacks.
These were contained in a press statement emailed to Journalists yesterday by the Acting Spokesman of the 7 Div, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa in Maiduguri, the state capital.
Troops from Banki forward operating base on a mission to 202 Battalion, Bama, who were on their way to Banki, a border town with Cameroon Republic, on Friday encountered some Boko Haram members along Baniki-Bama road carrying out armed robbery activities on innocent traders and travellers.
Mr. Musa said the terrorists killed three passengers and seized unspecified amount of cash and food items during the robbery incident.
He also said several of them lost their lives during the chanced encounter with the troops.
Mr. Musa added that information available to the Army Division indicated that Boko Haram insurgents had written a letter to market traders in Dikwa Local government demanding one million naira to enable them purchase food items and other logistic materials or be ready to face their wrath.
He therefore, alerted members of the public on the trend, and also restated the determination of the 7 Division to protect lives and properties of all citizens and residents in its area of operational responsibility.
He also urged the people to continue to be vigilant and give it timely and credible information on any suspicious movement of persons or things.