Boko Haram Infiltration: Army Makes Demands From Borno Residents
Activities of Boko Haram have re-surged in Nigeria's northeast, with the jihadists infiltrating villages in the region that has witnessed heavy deployment of troops in the past few weeks.
Amidst the situation, the Nigerian Army is asking the residents of the communities to aid its battle by doing a few things it recommended.
Confirming the infiltration reports by different media organisation, the Nigerian Army said there is a credible information and evidence that in a bid to further intensify their psychological war and instill fear, some elements of Boko Haram terrorists have infiltrated villages in the fringes of Maiduguri city.
In a statement the spokesman for the Army, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said that the terrorists "have clandestinely been going about threatening innocent residents, warning them to vacate their homes".
The group pushing for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the North East region renewed strikes on communities in the last few months.
Several military locations have also been attacked.
"So far, out of fear, several inhabitants have moved out of their ancestral homes" Colonel Nwachukwu said.
The Nigerian Army also recommended what residents could do to aid the counter-terrorism war and flush out Boko Haram from the region.
"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."
In a subtle way the Army warned that "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."
It then asked Nigerians to cooperate and support ongoing operations to weed out the infiltrating terrorists and their sympathisers.
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