Army asks residents to desist from harbouring remnants of terrorists

Maiduguri, March 16, 2017 (TNE): Many of the Boko Haram terrorists attacking communities in the north east, especially Borno, reside and operate within the communities, and the military is appealing to residents to desist from further shielding them, in their own interest.

Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations Department, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri on Thursday.

He said: “Please recall that suspected Boko Haram terrorists attempted to unleash mayhem on Magumeri town, Magumeri Local Government Area, Borno State yesterday evening. The timely intervention of the military thwarted the attack.

“While troops are still consolidating and mopping up, it is imperative to state that preliminary investigation shows that the attackers of Magumeri came from the same community. The terrorists that attacked the village are well known to the people.

”It should also be noted that the village was never attacked throughout the period of the insurgency for some inexplicable reasons.

”The terrorists and their collaborators hibernating in the area were never exposed. There seems to be an unholy alliance between the terrorists and the villagers.

“Consequently, we are constrained to state that it’s now high time for the people to take up the fight themselves and help the Nigerian military and other security agencies to protect them.

” It is a grievous mistake and criminal offence to continue to shield or harbour any known Boko Haram terrorist in their midst.

“The terrorists must be exposed and their movements promptly reported to the security agencies. The terrorists are inhuman and barbaric, therefore cannot be trusted to spare anyone in perpetuating their  inhuman acts.

“It is imperative that all communities in the North East especially Borno State, should fully cooperate with the military and the security agencies by exposing Boko Haram terrorists in their respective towns and villages”. (TNE)

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