PHOTO: Troops Kill 10 Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover N2.2m
Money! Money!! Money!!! It drives the world crazy, they say.
When Bounce News shared some "Untold Borno Stories", about how Boko Haram's course has changed from the drive for an Islamic State and an end to Western Education in the North-East region to a quest for money, it sounded strange.
Now, the troops are recovering money from the terrorist group, and it is painting a clearer picture of the current situation.
One of the Internally Displaced Persons that our correspondent met in Benisheik, Borno State, had told a story of how Boko Haram stripped him of all his belonging, as his community had to give them money each time they came. They had done that to stay alive, he said.
On Saturday, the spokesman for the Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said troops of 153 Task Battalion and the Cameroonian Defence Forces deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists at Ngelkona in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.
The troops encountered the insurgents on Saturday June 2, 2018, at about 11.30 a.m. local time while on a clearance patrol along Wulgo - Ngelkona general area.
"The terrorists, who were mounted on Horse back, were overpowered by the troops in a fierce shootout, as the gallant troops killed the insurgents and recovered two AK 47 rifles from them," the spokesman said.
Other items recovered from the insurgents include one Boko Haram flag, a set of Bow and arrows, two mobile Handsets and one Cameroonian International Passport.
The spokesman for the counter-terrorism operation further said troops of 82 Task Force Battalion of Operation Lafiya Dole on a separate clearance operation, on Friday night attack routed fleeing elements of Boko Haram insurgents at Ngoshe in Gwoza Local Government Area.
During the attack, troops killed one Boko Haram Insurgent and recovered one AK 47 rifle, 41 rounds of locally fabricated ammunition and four Improvised Explosive Devices(IED).
The recovered IEDs have been safely defused by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.
Another raid of a raid of a Boko Haram camp in Yaridiri forest in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe Atate, troops of 27 Task Force Battalion of Operation Lafiya Dole, on a long-range fighting patrol, also on Friday forced members of Boko Haram to flee.
"In the encounter with the insurgents during the raid, the superior fire power of the troops forced the insurgents to flee in disarray with gunshot wounds, abandoning a huge sum of money and several other items.
"The troops recovered three AK 47 rifle magazines, 21 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, a motorcycle and two mobile handsets.
"The troops also recovered the sum of Two million, Two Hundred and Eight Thousand Naira (#2, 208,000.00) from the hideout. Troops have destroyed the hideout in Situ,' Colonel Nwacukwu's statement read.
The recovery of funds from members of the terrorist group confirms the claims of a man, Baba Lagali, who is now blind as a result of Boko Haram's exploitation.
When the terrorists were chased out of all territories they had held, they realised the quest to hold territories was unachievable and switched to exploiting residents of different communities in the region who have not fled.