Nigerian Army said it had discovered that Boko Haram fighters have a new means of identification with green coloured uniform, using ropes on their legs and necks.
Acting director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement yesterday that the discovery was made by troops of 22 Brigade Garrison and elements of 3 Battalion that went out on long range fighting patrol last Monday to Gima village, in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.
Col. Usman said the patrol came in contact with some elements of the Boko Haram that started escaping in disarray on sighting the team, but two of the terrorists were apprehended and were currently being interrogated to further assist in the clearance operations.
He said, “However, they were able to apprehend two terrorists in their new styled uniform of green colour and use of ropes on their legs and necks. This is a new development in the ongoing clearance operations of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East.
“In addition, the patrol team recovered one Isuzu Canter lorry which was found concealed with grasses, five motorcycles and two bags of guinea corn. Other items recovered include three Dane guns, a solar panel, three bows and arrows. The arrested terrorists are currently being interrogated to further assist in the clearance operations.”
Meanwhile, following incessant communal conflicts and other clashes in some parts of the country, the federal government has ordered all security agencies in the country to crush and deter all crises that have the potential to breach the peace and national stability.
Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali gave the order yesterday in Abuja while declaring open a seminar on ‘Media Management in Crisis Situation’ for information officers of the military, security and response agencies.
The minister assured that all socio-economic activities in the country must continue to thrive without any hindrance from criminal elements and terrorists, stressing that government would continue exhibiting its first constitutional priority of securing lives and property of the citizenry.
He said, “All security agencies in Nigeria have been called upon to crush and deter the threats of crisis and conflicts that have potential to disrupt peace and security of our country. Our security and response agencies are constantly engaged in the essential tasks required for meeting the internal security objectives of ensuring safety and security of Nigeria’s territorial integrity, its population and all the critical infrastructures. Our government will not relent in this primary objective.”
The minister also said the government would continue to acknowledge the sustained efforts of the various military, security and response agencies who in spite of all odds are constantly and significantly mitigating the challenges and consequences of violent eruptions and crisis across the country, pledging continued support for all the agencies, particularly those battling insurgency in the North-East, so that they can effectively deliver on their mandate.
On crisis management, the minister tasked information officers of the various agencies to be patriotic and professional in the discharge of their duties.
“You must bear in mind that our dear country is currently confronted with several challenges which demand every sense of professionalism in the way and manner information is to be managed. You have the responsibility to manage sensitive information at your disposal with all sense of patriotism and to relate with media and the general public with utmost sense of professionalism taking into cognizance the importance of our cherished national interest and national security.”

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