Defence Headquarters, DHQ in Abuja, has confirmed the arrest of three men suspected to be bomb makers in Gombe State.
It said the suspects are also believed to be members of Boko Haram terror group, which has been tormenting the people of the North-East zone of the country for the past six years.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the troops recovered from the suspects a tricycle and materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.
He said the suspects are believed to be members of the terrorists group in search of soft targets for attack after being dislodged from the stronghold in Sambisa Forest and other enclaves.
Gen. Olukolade used the forum to call for vigilance during inaugurations today across the states of the federation.
He said the arrest was done during a cordon and search operation conducted by troops in Gombe, and that the apprehended suspects are undergoing interrogation.
The statement reads in part: “Cordon and search is continuing in certain localities and will be intensified along with mopping up operations in locations where offensive operations are being conducted. The essence is to apprehend the terrorists who have been dislodged from their sanctuaries and are in search of escape routes or resorting to attacking soft targets.
“In line with this development, the public is enjoined to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious movements or activities within their environs. The military is poised to ensure that the ongoing operations are duly aligned with security arrangement nationwide towards forestalling any attempt by terrorists or other criminal groups planning to breach security or disrupt the inaugurations activities anywhere in the country.”